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Death Letter(Son House) This recording by Son House is typical of the style later known as "country blues." Listen carefully for the musical characteristics discussed in lecture. In particular, note the flexible use of form: the three blues form sections are not always the same length, and the B lyrics appear in the first A section of each verse. (0:00) Introduction: The metallic sound of this acoustic guitar is created by using a slide, as opposed to a finger, to press the strings into the fingerboard of the guitar. Using a slide also facilitates variable intonation, a characteristic also found in Son House's vocals. Verse 1 (0:05) A: " I got a letter this morning. .. " (Note that the B lyrics also appear at the end of this first A section) (0:15) A: " I got a letter this morning. .. " (0:23) B: " It said hurry. .. " Verse 2 (0:31) A (0:40) A (0:48) B Verse 3 (0:56) A (1:05) A (1:13) B Verse 4 (1:21) A (1:30) A (1:37) B etc. .. Standing Around Crying(Muddy Waters) This recording features one of the foremost Chicago electric blues artists of the mid-20th century. Listen carefully for the musical features noted in lecture. In particular, notice Waters' expressive use of vocal timbre, variable intonation, and the overblown, distorted timbre of the harmonica. Similar techniques would later be used by heavy metal guitarists. Also, note the call and response interaction
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This note was uploaded on 01/14/2011 for the course MUS 355 taught by Professor Carson during the Spring '08 term at ASU.

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