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Origin of Blues

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Lecture number:
2
Pages:
2
Type:
Lecture Note
School:
University of Georgia
Course:
Musi 2060 - Hist/anlys Rock Mus
Edition:
1

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MUSI 2060 Lecture 2 Outline of Last Lecture I Syllabus II Blues Characteristics Outline of Current Lecture I Origins of Blues II Father of the Blues III Classic 12 Bar Blues IV Rural Country Blues a General Traits b Texas Rural Blues c Mississippi Delta Blues Current Lecture Jali plural Jalolu African historian musician o Also called griot French From Senegal Gambia Ghana o Tribes Yoruba Woluf Mandingo Ashanti William Christopher W C Handy 1873 1968 o The Father of the Blues discovered and named them Classic 12 Bar Blues o 12 measures of 4 beats o 1st two lines same lyrics 1 tonic sung fill 2 subdominant sung tonic fill rd o 3 line rhymes usually a response 3 dominant sung tonic fill dominant turnaround Rural Country Blues o General Traits Male solo singers Irregular meters Self accompanied Acoustic instrument mobile Often improvised words and or melodies Don t always use 12 bars blue progression These notes represent a detailed interpretation of the professor s lecture GradeBuddy is best used as a supplement to your own notes not as a substitute Instrumental solos rare on recordings not enough space on record Texas Rural Blues o Single note bass string runs o Repeated melodic rhythmic figures riffs on bass strings o Alternate playing on bass and treble strings o Single string melodic fills o Arpeggiated chords o Blind Lemon Jefferson c 1883 1929 Matchbox Blues rec 1927 1st big star in blues recording Mississippi Delta Blues o Frequent sliding from note to note o Play slide guitar o Wailing style of singing forlorn o Small melodic range o Intricate polyrhythms o Rhythmic chordal fills o Percussive playing style o Charley Patton Father of the Delta Blues 1st recorded o Robert Johnson c 1911 1938 Cross Road Blues rec 1936



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