• Understanding Comfortably Numb

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    Is there anybody out there? Pink Floyd's The Wall is a masterpiece, fusing a complex narrative with brilliantly written music, and possibly its greatest moment is Comfortably Numb. It shows the main character trapped within his own head, and juxtaposes the doctor trying to pull him back against his own internal monologue, but how? Musically speaking, what's the trick? Well, with some very clever uses of relatively simple musical ideas, the song manages to create two wildly different harmonic worlds to carry the two halves of the song's story. Plus, we take a look at what is considered by many to be one of the greatest guitar solos ever, and break down a bit of the structure underneath that, too!

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    Also, thanks to Jareth Arnold and Inés Dawson for proofreading the script to make sure this all makes sense hopefully, and thanks to Morgan Wells for his assistance with the guitar solo analysis! Show less
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    Here at 12tone, we love music theory, but it can be a bit daunting to dive right into, so to help you get started we're making monthly videos about the fundamentals of music theory, from the basics on up! If you've never looked at music theory before, this is probably a good place to start, and if you have, who knows, maybe you'll learn something anyway!
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