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Jesse Gold MUS101 Music Appreciation Prof. Davis Blues Music When it comes to music in the Deep South, most people commonly think of Blues. Blues is a type of music created by African American communities near the end of the 19 th century. This type of music has many subgenres including, but not limited to, boogie-woogie, country blues, jump blues, and piano blues. The blues form is differentiated by the use of explicit chord progressions, most notably the twelve-bar blues, and the use of the blue note (a note that is sung or played at a slightly lower pitch). Also, though not always encountered, the lyrics of most blues songs tend to express a depressed mood. As late as the early 1900s, the definite chord progressions of the blues were starting to
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Unformatted text preview: take form. Most common was the twelve-bar blues, which was a piece of music in standard harmonic progression of twelve measures in common time. The associated blues chords to a twelve-bar blues are normally a set of three different chords played over a twelve-bar format. Additionally, the use of blue or bent notes set to have blues distinguished from other styles of music. The term the blues comes from the reference of the blue devils. This association is that the blue devil is a term meaning melancholy or sadness. As such, many blues songs reflect these emotions within their lyrics. Early in the onset of blues, the lyrics related to the troubles that were experienced by the African American society....
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This note was uploaded on 11/21/2010 for the course MUS 102 taught by Professor Davis during the Spring '10 term at Bergen Community College.

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