What are the characteristics of Soul Music?

By | April 11, 2021


Soul music allows for a variety of emotions. Soul singers use a variety of tones from mild and even, to raspy and hard, to properly convey this range of emotions.

Rhythm & amp; Blues

Soul music has a definite rhythm. The soul music sounds heavy from the 12 bar, 3 line style used in the blues of the 40’s and 50’s. Pioneers of the soul music genre include artists such as Ray Charles, Little Richard, James Brown and Aretha Franklin.

Call and answer

Soul music has a heavy conversation and response routine. The singer or musician ‘calls out’ a phrase or saying, and another singer or musician gives an ‘answer’.


Repetition plays an important role in soul music. The soul music genre, it is not uncommon to hear the same notes, phrases and rhythms during a song,


Soul music infuses a variety of instruments together, such as piano, drums and guitar. The use of horns, such as the trumpet and saxophone, play a major role in distinguishing soul music from other music genres. Soul Music finds its origin in the gospel, and the rhythm and blues music genre. Soul music became popular in the 60’s, especially in northern inner cities such as Chicago, New York and Detroit.