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Year 9 The Blues

Year 9 Music Unit
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Peter Bryant

on 19 June 2016

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Transcript of Year 9 The Blues

The Blues
Lesson Objectives

All Will Be Able To:
Understand the origins of Blues Music and explore the three chords used in the 12 bar Blues.

We Will Strive To:
Play the chords fluently, moving smoothly between them.
Lesson 1
Connection
Demonstration
Consolidation
Activation
Complete the Review and Respond
comments on your worksheet.

How have you made progress
this week?
Set a real target now to help
you progress further next week.
Watch the clip of the Blues.
What is the mood of the music?
Answer on your worksheet, using descriptive language to describe the sound.
"Simple music is the hardest music to play
and blues is simple music."
-Albert Collins
"White folks hear the blues come out,
but they don't know how it got there."
Ma Rainey
“The blues ain't nothing but a good man feelin' bad”
Leon Redbon
•Content
During the unit you will look at the history of the blues, study the main musical characteristics and in pairs (or small groups) rehearse and perform a 12 bar blues.

•Process
You will listen to examples of blues music from early delta blues to the later Chicago urban style. You will practise a blues performance using music notation and follow the music group protocols, listening to and refining your work.

•Benefits
The unit will broaden your knowledge of popular music from different cultures, help develop vocal and / or keyboard skills and help us to work effectively in small groups.
About the unit...
Read the background to the Blues on your worksheet and watch the video.
In pairs, you will practise playing the three
chords of the 12 bar blues.
Try and move smoothly when you change
chords.
Lesson 2
Connection
Demonstration
Consolidation
Activation
Lesson 3
Connection
Demonstration
Consolidation
Activation
Lesson 5
Connection
Demonstration
Consolidation
Activation
Lesson 6
Connection
Demonstration
Consolidation
Activation
Lesson 4
Connection
Demonstration
Consolidation
Activation
The walking Bass
This is a bass line often found in the Blues
It's name comes from the steady, regular
rhythm with a note on every beat.
It could be played on a string bass, a bass guitar
or the left hand on a piano.
Lesson Objectives

All Will Be Able To:
Describe the walking bass often found in Blues Music and practice playing our own Walking Bass.

We Will Strive To:
Play the Bass in time with the chords - making subtle adjustments to fit your part within a group performance.
Look at the blues music sheet.
How many notes in each chord?
How many different chords are there?
How many times do you play a chord in each bar?
Watch Willie Dixon play the string bass.
Is his part higher or lower than the piano?
What is he using to play the instrument?
How is this instrument played differently in an
orchestra?
Answer on your worksheet.
Complete the Progress Summary on
your worksheet.
How have you made progress
this week?
Set a real target now to help
you progress further next week.
In pairs, practise your walking bass
and 12 bar blues chords at the SAME TIME.
Remember, the blues can be very slow.
After 10 minutes, swap over.

Be ready to perform to the class...
“The blues ain't nothing but a good man feelin' bad”
Leon Redbon
Watch this film on Slavery...
What type of work did the slaves do in the southern
states of America?
What would this work have been like?
Why would the slaves want to sing while they worked?
Lesson Objectives

All Will Be Able To:
Describe how slavery had an impact on the birth of Blues Music.
(Evaluate how music reflects the contexts in which it is created, performed and heard).

We Will Strive To:

Play/sing the melody of 'Everyday' with the chords & bass.
Complete the Progress Summary on
your worksheet.
How have you made progress
this week?
Set a real target now to help
you progress further next week.
Look at the back of the music sheet
The top half shows the same blues using music notation.
This includes the melody too.
Underneath there is a different bass you can
try with some different chords.
These chords have four notes in them and are called
sevenths. (7th)
Play and sing the twelve bar blues...
Chords and bass together.
Chords and melody together.
Melody and bass.

Singing the melody will help to make
it sound more expressive!

Complete the Progress Summary on
your worksheet.
How have you made progress
this week?
Set a real target now to help
you progress further next week.
Look at the picture of Robert Johnson
He was an early
Delta
Blues singer.
Compare this with Howling Wolf and his band
playing
Chicago
Blues a few decades later.
How do you think blues music has changed?
Through the 20th Century the
African-Americans moved north to find work
in cities on the Mississippi like Memphis and St. Louis.
The Blues travelled north with them and later
the new amplified sound of the blues became
associated with Chicago.
Listen again to Howling Wolf.

The harmonica, guitar and saxophone are
IMPROVISING using the BLUES SCALE.
This is a series of notes that give the blues its
unique sound.
Lesson Objectives

All Will Be Able To:
Describe the difference between original Delta Blues
and the later, urban, Chicago Blues.

We Will Strive To:
Explore IMPROVISING a solo using the Blues Scale.
Lesson Objectives

All Will Be Able To:
Describe the structure of the 12 Bar Blues.
(Perform significant parts from memory and from notations, with awareness of your own contribution).

We Will Strive To:
Select and make expressive use of tempo, dynamics, phrasing and timbre.
Putting it all together...In pairs or small groups
Practise your 12 bar blues chords.
Try the different bass parts on the worksheet.
Play or sing the melody over the chords and bass
Improvise the blues scale over the chords and bass
WITH FEELING!!!!!
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The 12 bar blues lyrics
are in an AAB form with the first line repeated
Watch Everyday I have the Blues
How many lines are sung in each verse?
Are all the lines different?
Complete the Progress Summary on
your worksheet.
How have you made progress
this week?
Set a real target now to help
you progress further next week.
Read your PROGRESS log.
What is your target for today?
Putting it all together...In pairs or small groups
Practise your 12 bar blues chords.
Try the different bass parts on the worksheet.
Play or sing the melody over the chords and bass
Improvise the blues scale over the chords and bass
WITH FEELING!!!!!
Watch and appraise the performances.
Complete your log and worksheet.
Reflect on the unit.
In pairs, practise playing the blues scale on its own.
Now Improvise - make up your own blues melody using the
BLUES SCALE
Walking
Bass
Lesson Objectives

All Will Be Able To:
Play the 12 Bar Blues in small groups - performing significant parts with awareness of your own contribution.

We Will Strive To:
Make expressive use of tempo, dynamics, phrasing and timbre. Make subtle adjustments to fit your own part within the group performance.
Watch 'Everyday I Have the Blues'
How are the chords, walking bass and the blues scale used in this performance?
We will now look at the sequence of chords
that make up the 12 bar blues in C

How many different chords are there?
How would you describe how to play each of
the chords?
Use the 12 bar blues sheet to help you.
https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/0B7vEtZYt94fXfjg3SFRuWEFLeVlHU18wWl81SmZoZDYwdVVPeGNtTF9HdnZwWHNhejlBN28
https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/0B7vEtZYt94fXfjg3SFRuWEFLeVlHU18wWl81SmZoZDYwdVVPeGNtTF9HdnZwWHNhejlBN28
The 12 Bar Blues Chords
Chords and Walking Bass line
https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/0B7vEtZYt94fXfjg3SFRuWEFLeVlHU18wWl81SmZoZDYwdVVPeGNtTF9HdnZwWHNhejlBN28
https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/0B7vEtZYt94fXfjg3SFRuWEFLeVlHU18wWl81SmZoZDYwdVVPeGNtTF9HdnZwWHNhejlBN28
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