How The Beatles Changed Music And Music History
By: Jamie polson
Paul Mccartney, John Lennon, Ringo Starr and George Harrison are all famous for being in The Beatles. They all came from Liverpool, England, and became a singing group in 1960. They used their vast knowledge of music styles to their advantage. They tried to make songs based on the types of music that they would listen too. Although The Beatles knew a lot about music styles, they didn’t have extensive musical training. The Beatles experimented with lots of instruments and music styles and sometimes combined them in new ways. The Beatles influenced music and music history in many ways.
In their early years, they would listen to all kinds of music such as: Rock, Pop, Folk, Blues, Jazz, Classical, and even Indian. A song that they wrote that had Indian influence, was “Within You, Without you”. They asked some friends whether they wanted to be in one of there songs to play some Indian instruments, the friends said yes. The song itself was written and inspired by the time that The Beatles spent in India. George (who wrote the song) said that “ I had brought back a lot of instruments.” The instruments that he brought back included a Sitar, Tablas, a Swarabat, Finger cymbals, and flute. He experimented with many of these, however he didn’t really know how to play them.
The Beatles messed around with song form, as in the song A Day in A Life when they didn’t just have verses,a chorus and a bridge but also a fourth part and they would mix them up in an unconventional way. A Day In A Life (by John Lennon and Paul Mccartney) was inspired by two news articles by the UK Daily Express that talked about this man who was killed in a car accident and another article that talked about how there was this group that had to count 4,000 holes, in order to figure out how to fill them. This affected how other musicians saw music and what their possibilities could be. Some of the ways that The Beatles got ideas for songs are pretty interesting like for Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite, they got their inspiration from a poster that had all those words on it . They saw it, thought it was poetic and wanted to put music to it.
The Beatles changed music as we know it a lot by experimenting with different types of genres of music and with instruments and encouraging other groups to do the same like Nirvana, The Beach Boys, Billy Joel and many others. They rarely sang other people's music because they had so much content. Many other groups followed suit. They set trends for music and style for many years. Over the years, The Beatles have made a huge impact on music and music history because they were willing to try things that were new and different..
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