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Study Guide Noble O - an example of a traditional blues performer 7 Sam Chatmon(1897-1983 Delta blues guitarist and singer sings about a bumble bee

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American Folklife American Studies 01:050:264 Rutgers, The State University Study Guide: “Dreams and Songs of the Noble Old” (1990) 1. Why are the men and women in this video so connected to their music? 2. How did Thomas Jefferson “Tommy” Jarrell (1886-1975) learn to play the fiddle? Why didn’t he ask his father to teach him? How did his father react the first time he heard Tommy play?” 3. Tommy gives us a glimpse of his family history at the cemetery. What aspect of folk tradition does this represent? 4. Why has Tommy never joined a church? 5. When Delta blues singer and guitarist Jack Owens (1904-1997) played at the juke joint the only music was provided by a lone guitar and singer. Where did the syncopation come from? 6. Folklorist Alan Lomax says that Jack Owens has a way of singing the blues that is completely different from the traditional formula. If this is the case, then why do we still look to Owens as
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Unformatted text preview: an example of a traditional blues performer? 7. Sam Chatmon (1897-1983), Delta blues guitarist and singer, sings about a bumble bee. What is he really singing about? What does Lomax say that is indicative of this song and the blues? 8. How does Janie Hunter, born in 1918 on John’s Island, South Carolina, pass on the history and traditions of her family to her children and grandchildren? 9. How is the song American singer, coal miner, and trade unionist Nimrod Workman (1895-1994) sings an example of folk traditions? 10. Why is shape note singing, a kind of simplified musical notation, seen as a family affair? 11. The blues have evolved significantly over time, but its roots in folk music have not disappeared. What criteria do we still see in blues music? ....
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This note was uploaded on 02/08/2011 for the course WOMEN AND 201 taught by Professor Matalana during the Spring '11 term at Rutgers.

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Study Guide Noble O - an example of a traditional blues performer 7 Sam Chatmon(1897-1983 Delta blues guitarist and singer sings about a bumble bee

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