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Transcript: The instruments The 12-bar blues or blues changes is one of the most popular chord progressions in popular music. The blues progression has a distinctive form in lyrics and phrase and chord structure and duration. a reason for the "blues" is that it derived from mysticism involving blue indigo, which was used by many West African cultures in death and mourning ceremonies where all the mourner's garments would have been dyed blue.This mystical association towards the indigo plant, grown in many southern US slave plantations, combined with the West African slaves who sang of their suffering as they worked on the cotton that the indigo dyed eventually resulted in these expressed songs being known as the Blues. the blues genre is based on the blues form but can also be related to specific lyrics, lines,bass lines or even instruments. blues music can be divided into sub genres such as country, delta, jump and chicago blues. The instruments most commonly related to the blues are: Guitar,Bass guitar,Piano,Harmonica Double bass,Drums,Saxophone,Vocals Trumpet and the Trombone. Blues music Some history The genre World War II marked the transition from acoustic to electric blues and the progressive opening of blues music to a wider audience. In the 1960s and 1970s, a mix-mash form called blues-rock evolved. Detail 3 blues music originated in the african-american communities around the end of the 19th century from work songs, field hollers, shouts and chants to rhymed simple narrative ballads. "The blues takes many forms... It is variously a feeling, a mood, a nameless threat, a person, a lover, a boss man, a mob, and, of course, the Devil himself." Edward Comentale Arbee Stidham Angela Strehli Koko Taylor Mick Taylor Tabby Thomas Rufus Thomas Ron Thompson George Thorogood Andrew Tibbs Ali Farka Touré Robin Trower Walter Trout Titus Turner Jimmie Vaughan Stevie Ray Vaughan Mose Vinson Willie D. Warren Kazumi Watanabe Boogie Bill Webb Stan Webb Valerie Wellington Golden "Big" Wheeler Johnny Winter Alan Wilson just some of the blues singers / players over the year Detail 2 The origin of blues music The twelve bar blues

Blues Music

Transcript: W.C. Handy Muddy Waters Ray Charles Billie Holiday B.B. King Stevie Ray Vaughan Blues music is revived in the 1960's Considered "urban American music" that was influenced by race, class, and place. Many blues musicians got their start by singing in public places between the mid-1950's and the early 1960's. Vocal rhythm and blues is also called doo-wop. Blues music is like a conversation between the singer and an instrument, either played by the singer or an accompanying musician Blues has distinct vocals that are often referred to as "field hollers" or "moans". Vocal improvisation is popular in blues music. The History of Blues Blues music became a popular style of music in the fall of 1912 when W.C Handy composed the first commercially successful blues song, "Memphis Blues". "Memphis Blues" was the first blues song to be preserved on record. Blues music is considered the folk music and has European and African influences Blues music is like a conversation between the singer and an instrument, either played by the singer or an accompanying musician Blues Music Bibliography "Blue Hawaii." Wilson Quarterly 37.2 (2013): 88-90. Literary Reference Center. Web. 20 Feb. 2014. Goldblatt, David. "Nonsense In Public Places: Songs Of Black Vocal Rhythm And Blues Or Doo-Wop." Journal Of Aesthetics & Art Criticism 71.1 (2013): 101-110. Art & Architecture Complete. Web. 20 Feb. 2014. Piero Scaruffi. A History of Blues Music. "History of Popular Music". January 2007. Web. 20 Feb. 2014. Monod, David. "“Ev'rybody's Crazy 'Bout The Doggone Blues”: Creating The Country Blues In The Early Twentieth Century." Journal Of Popular Music Studies 19.2 (2007): 179-214. Academic Search Complete. Web. 20 Feb. 2014. Wald, Elijah. The Blues : A Very Short Introduction. New York: Oxford University Press, 2010. eBook Collection (EBSCOhost). Web. 20 Feb. 2014. Well-known Blues Musicians Blues as an Art Form Blues Makes a Comeback

Blues Music

Transcript: Sweet home Chicago By Robert Johnson The lyrics are simple and it is easy to understand the theme Blues lyrics commonly deal with hard times and personal conflicts There are topics of pride, defiance, love, and anger Blues music seldom contains happy topics, nevertheless it it is often uplifting. Blues provides a way to deal with sorrow, rather than dwell on it. Origin The Blues originated in southern plantations in the late 1800s/early 1900s. This style of music was first shaped by slaves and ex-slaves with influences from folk songs, African-American spirituals, traditional songs, European hymns, work songs and hollers, and other popular music at the time. "Have you ever had the blues and heard the Blues on the radio and felt just a little bit better…" The Blues references Oh baby don't you want to go Oh baby don't you want to go Back to the land of California to my sweet home Chicago The Lyrical Content Blues Music The Music Structure By 1910, the blues began to take on the common form that it has today 12 Bars 12 Measures AAB Lyrical structure Verse-Verse-Chorus Blues scale Interval: 1, b3, 4, b5, 5, b7 “Crossroad Blues” (Robert Johnson, 1936) “Sweet Home Chicago” (Robert Johnson, 1936) “Dust My Broom” (Robert Johnson/Elmore James, 1936) “Pride and Joy” (Stevie Ray Vaughan, 1983) - Examples

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