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1

What is the structure of "Killer Queen"?

Verse-chorus form

2

What is unusual about the start of the song?

Starts with finger clicks

3

Describe how the accompaniment chords are played in verse 1.

Detached

4

In what key does song begin?

C minor

5

The melody starts on an upbeat. What is the musical term for this?

Anacrusis

6

Which 2 instruments enter at the end of bar 6?

Bass and drums

7

Which instrument plays the chords at the start of the song?

Piano

8

The guitar starts playing in bar 7 - describe the melodic movement.

Descending sequence

9

What singing technique does the lead singer use in bar 11 on the word "decline"?

Falsetto

10

What do the backing singers sing when they start singing on the word "Kennedy" in verse 1?

Vocalisation (Oohs)

11

What is the main time signature of the song?

12/8 (compound quadruple)

12

In Chorus 1, the backing vocals sing in harmony with the lead vocalist. How many vocal parts are there in total?

4

13

The song uses a lot of extended chords. What is an extended chord?

A chord with additional notes, eg. 7th, 9th, 11th

14

What notes are in chord Bb7?

Bb D F Ab

15

Some of the chords are slash (/) chords. What does this mean?

The chord is inverted.

16

In chord Eb/Bb, what note is played in the bass?

Bb

17

In chord Eb/Bb, what inversion is the chord?

2nd inversion

18

What technique is used on the word "queen" at the start of the chorus? (She's a killer queen...)

Portamento slide

19

In what way does the guitar sound different on "laser beam" in the chorus (bar 17)?

A change of EQ

20

Describe what the backing vocals sing in bar 18 (underneath the lead vocals "guaranteed to blow your mind").

"Ba" (vocalisation) vocal 'stabs' (short chords)

21

Describe how the majority of the text is set.

Mainly syllabic

22

What harmonic device is heard near the end of the chorus (bars 20 - 21: "recommended at the price, insatiable an appetite)?

Circle of 5ths

23

What harmonic device is heard at the start of verse 2 (bars 27 - 30)?

Pedal note

24

Describe the tempo of the song.

Moderate

25

What is the bpm of the song?

112 bpm

26

Describe the drum part in the bar before verse 2.

Drum roll

27

What interval is between guitar 1 & guitar 3 in the instrumental section (bars 23 - 26)?

Third

28

Identify two playing techniques that the guitars use in the instrumental section (bars 23 - 26).

Vibrato & glissando (slides)

29

Describe the inner harmony part (right hand chords of the piano) in bars 31-33.

The chords descend chromatically

30

At the end of verse 2, how does Freddie Mercury (lead singer) perform the words "..tidious and precise..." (bar 38)?

He speaks the words

31

In bar 34 the time signature changes for one bar to fit the phrase in. What is the time signature in bar 34?

6/8 (compound duple)

32

Describe how the bass guitar part is developed in bars 37 & 38.

Uses pentatonic & chromatic scales

33

Chorus 2 is shorter than chorus 1. Which part of chorus 1 does chorus 2 use?

The first 5 bars

34

The opening of the guitar solo mimics the vocals from which section?

Bars 20 - 21 in the chorus

35

How many guitar solo parts are playing in bars 48 - 50?

3

36

Brian May is the guitarist. How does he play several guitar parts at the same time?

The guitar parts are overdubbed (recorded in separate tracks)

37

Identify the texture between the solo guitar parts in bars 47 - 49.

Imitation (guitars 3 & 4 imitate guitar 1)

38

Describe the guitar parts in bar 50.

They play together in harmony

39

Identify the section(s) that the accompanying chords in the guitar solo at bar 51 have previously been played.

Verse 1 & 2

40

In bar 51 the guitar solo plays the vocal melody from the verse. How does the guitarist slightly change the melody?

Extra notes/decoration

41

Describe the entries of the guitar parts in bar 55.

They are staggered (enter at slightly different times)

42

Identify the cadence that is repeated at the end of the guitar solo, leading into verse 3.

Imperfect cadence in Eb

43

Identify the interval Freddie Mercury sings from the word "hat" to "she's" in bar 62 (verse 3).

An octave

44

Describe how the words "drive you wild" are sung when they are repeated in bars 66 - 67.

4 part harmony & high in pitch - word painting

45

What is played on the drum kit during the words "drive you wild" in bar 67?

Semiquavers on the snare drum

46

What part has been added to chorus 3 that wasn't in chorus 1 or 2?

Guitar solo

47

How does the song end?

Outro & repeats to fade

48

What is the main texture of the song?

Homophonic

49

Describe the melodic movement of the vocals at the start of the song.

Mostly stepwise/conjunct (notes next to each other)

50

What is the name of the particular type of piano used in the song?

Honky-tonk (jangle) piano