Frank Zappa's musical language
Frank Zappa's musical language
A study of the music of Frank Zappa

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4TH EDITION OF THIS STUDY, JULY 2012, DOWNLOADABLE AS PDF:

Zappastudy 2012.pdf

Size: 568 pages, 110 MB.
The downloading may take a while; maybe I'll have to split the file. The size is largely caused by the note examples, that are images.

© Kasper Sloots
Utrecht, The Netherlands.
ISBN: 978-90-806552-0-1

Deposited at:
- The I-depot, The Hague, The Netherlands.
- Koninklijke Bibliotheek (Royal Dutch Library), The Hague, The Netherlands.

Changes and corrections included in this site upon the 4th pdf version:
- The quintuplet from The black page #1 did not go literally like that into The black page (1987) in a slower version. The rhythm got changed too.
- Peaches en regalia: I miswrote myself in bar 6. Cm-5 en Cm should be F#m-5 and F#m.
- Little umbrellas: opening chord progression corrected.
- The perfect stranger (Boulez version): in the percussion-beats line the notation for half and whole note pauses got switched.
- Montana: some detail corrections.
- 200 years old: the scale is G Dorian instead of minor.
- Sad Jane: a couple of details were wrong.
- Ride my face to Chicago: I miswrote myself, I-IV should be I-V.
- Variant I processional march: identification of the example as E dorian should better be as D.
- Original duke of prunes: the transcription is renewed, with as consequence that the keys/chords should be identified differently. The G-A bass alternation for theme A from 1975 was off too.
- I promise not to come in your mouth: chord in bar 7 is of course Ebmaj7 and not Em.
- Description of the Be-bop tango, Piquantique version, has been renewed (there were some writing errors and inaccuracies in it as it was).
- 1st Debra kadebra example: notation of bar 1 corrected (the downbeat lies at a different position)

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