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Standard_Blues_Structure

Standard_Blues_Structure - Jazz Notes Standard Blues...

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e of the instrument change in this song 1/15/2008 Jazz Notes Standard Blues Structure Usually a “chorus” length is 12 bars, which then can be repeated as many times as the players wish. Most blues have 4 beats per bar. 4-bar length 4-bar length 4-bar length Text A “My man don’t love me, treats me awful mean.” 2 bars text + 2 bars fill Text A “My man don’t love me, treats me awful mean.” 2 bars text + 2 bars fill Text B “He’s the lowest man I’ve ever seen.” 2 bars text + 2 bars fill I Chord (4 bars) IV chord (2 bars) I chord (2 bars) V chord (2 bars) or IV chord (2 bars) I chord (2 bars) Keep in mind the ascending sequence of the letters in music scales is pretty simple. ABCDEFG ABCDEFG ABCDEFG ….. The sequence of letters doesn’t change no matter which note on the scale begins on. For example: GABCDEF GABCetc ….. or CDEFGAB Cetc …. I, IV, I, V, I --- Standard Blues Structure Song Form (usually 32 bars) “A” “A” “B” – bridge “A” 8-bars 8-bars 8-bars 8-bars
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There is no set of standard changes for a Song Form; each tune has its own set of changes. Country Blues/ Delta Blues Folk or Southern Folk or rural life rather than city Usu. sung by male and accompanied by banjo Beat and rhythm is irregular –free form structure 1 st recording in 1924 by Papa Charlie Jackson “Papa’s Lawdy Lawdy Blues” Jackson had 75 recordings (a lot!) 1959: “Soon One Mornin” Mississippi Fred McDowell 1929: “Down the Dirt Road Blues” Charlie Patton Classic Blues/ City Blues (Chapter 4) High Tech When have singers- backed up by big band Often instrumental 12-bar structure Guitars (BB King) “Shout” vocalists/blues singers 1958: “Brussels Blues” J. Rushing
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