This is where is all started.. The Blues: Musical Elements This music has a direct connection to the African-American traumas of slavery and post slavery.

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  • This is where is all started.
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  • The Blues: Musical Elements This music has a direct connection to the African-American traumas of slavery and post slavery. The purpose of the blues as music is to provide solace, comfort, and entertainment, if not joy.
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  • The Blues: Musical Elements The blue note is played or sung at a slightly lower than normal scale and slides up and down along a tiny continuum of pitches. Blues lyrics range from elaborately prepared narratives to discontinuous improvised couplets drawn from a common pool of formulaic lines.
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  • The Blues: Musical Elements Blues poetic form: aab - Line b rhymes with line a and resolves with a humorous or ironic twist. The 12-bar-blues progression consists of 3 4-bar phrases: I I I I / IV IV I I / V V I I and can be drawn out. This contrast with the symmetrically phrased 8-, 16-, or 32-bar forms of much popular music.
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  • The Blues: Styles Down home (Country Blues) Boogie Woogie and Barrelhouse (Piano) Classic Blues Chicago (Urban) Blues Modern Blues
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  • We need to who sang the blues. Bessie Smith (The Empress of the Blues) - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Who6fTHJ34 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Who6fTHJ34 Big Joe Turner - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=20Feq_Nt3nM http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=20Feq_Nt3nM Eric Clapton and Buddy Guy - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BTVUvHiuaGw http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BTVUvHiuaGw Robert Johnson (Father of the Blues) - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O8hqGu-leFc http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O8hqGu-leFc Joe Pine Top Perkins http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FHlM2Qr9TZQ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FHlM2Qr9TZQ Big Mama Thornton http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wZRaK0j8DMs
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  • More blues legends! Big Bill Broonzy Ruth Brown Ray Charles The Chess brothers (Leonard and Marshall) Willie Dixon Muddy Waters W.C.Handy Howlin Wolf Son House Leadbelly Little Richard
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  • And more! B.B.King Taj Mahal Bonnie Raitt Gertrude Ma Rainey The Rolling Stones Koko Taylor Sister Rosetta Tharpe Big Mama Thornton (the first Hound Dog) And more. http://www.pbs.org/theblues/songsartists/songsbioalpha. html
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  • A brilliant documentary A documentary about Robert Johnson: Can You Hear the Wind Howl? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SRKXRdWAeW4 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SRKXRdWAeW4
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  • How about a guitar lesson? Delta Blues Guitar Lesson - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v =vc-J_Ew8Jw0 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v =vc-J_Ew8Jw0
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  • Question: So, why are the blues so popular in the United States and even in other English-speaking countries?

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