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February 18, 2015
by 20battyr

The Blues



In our second unit in music class, we studied the “Blues”. We study how the blues evolved as it progressed up the misissipi river. We also had an expert of the blues, Steve Gardner come to tell us more about the blues. One of the important things we learned from him were that the blues was a mix of cultures and influenced all the other music genres. He also told us that we should try to make the instrument speak for us, and that sometimes it is better to not play at all. This is because when you don’t play, the audience is waiting for you to come back in.  We also learned how that the traditional blues songs generally were about the terrible lives of the black slaves. But as more slaves moved north the songs eventually adapted to their better lives, until eventually the white people started adapt the blues to other music genres like jazz, soul and rock n roll.  Here is the my reflection of these different types of blues:



12 Bar Blues 

When playing the Blues, you use the 12 bar blues. The 12 bar blues uses a unique pattern of chords. 4 bars of C, 2 bars of F, 2 bars of C, 1 bar of G, 1 bar of F, and 2 bars of C. In each of the note’s bars I play their dominant 7th. For example in the C bar I play C,E,G,Bb. When it says F I would play F, A, C, Eb. Finally when it says G I would play G,B,D,F.  I do this by moving four semitones than 3 semitones than 3 again. Here is a diagram of this chording pattern:




Here is a recording of the 12 bar blues

Blues Scale 


This is the Blue scale:


Bass Line



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