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The Blues

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Transcript of The Blues

The Blues
The Blues
In 2s/3s - think of 2 facts that you know already know about 'The Blues'
What does this picture tell you?
History
Blues music originated in African-American communities of primarily the "Deep South" of the United States around the end of the 19th century.
It originated from spirituals and work songs.
It is characterized by specific chord progressions, of which the twelve-bar blues chord progression is the most common.
Blue notes are for expressive purposes flattened or gradually bent .
Listen to this song - what impression does it give you?
Famous Blues Artists
Ma Rainey

Bessie Smith

Charlie Patton

Robert Johnson


The 12-bar Blues
Map of the 'Deep South'
Types of Blues
Traditional Country Blues
Jazz/ Swing
Rock and Roll
Boogie - Woogie
Regional Blues - eg. St. Louis, Memphis, Chicago and Louisiana
Are these both Blues songs?
D D D D
G G D D
A G D D

Evolution of Song
Listen to how a song can be changed
One, Two, Three O'clock, Four O'clock rock,
Five, Six, Seven O'clock, Eight O'clock rock.
Nine, Ten, Eleven O'clock, Twelve O'clock rock,
We're gonna rock around the clock tonight.

Put your glad rags on and join me hon',
We'll have some fun when the clock strikes one.

CHORUS:

We're gonna rock around the clock tonight,
We're gonna rock, rock, rock, 'till broad daylight,
We're gonna rock, we're gonna rock around the clock tonight.

When the clock strikes two, three and four,
If the band slows down we'll yell for more.

CHORUS

When the chimes ring five, six, and seven,
We'll be right in seventh heaven.

CHORUS

When it's eight, nine, ten, eleven too,
I'll be going strong and so will you.

CHORUS

When the clock strikes twelve we'll cool off then,
Start rockin' 'round the clock again.

CHORUS
Rock around the Clock
Objectives
To have an idea about the history behind 'The Blues'
To listen and be able to understand the emotion behind some Blues songs
Quiz!
Identify these 10 tracks as either Blues, Rock and Roll, Jazz/Swing or Boogie-Woogie
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