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Unformatted text preview: Blues Scale (in the key of C) C E-flat F G B-flat Comparable to a pentatonic (5-note) scale, but the pitches are not absolute. Blues performers often slightly alter pitches or slide/scoop between them for expressive purposes. 12-bar blues form strophic form – each 12-bar stanza sung to same music, music repeats every 12-bars arranged as three 4-bar pharases typical chord progression chords can be altered Marketed as “Race Records” term coined by Ralph Peer (record executive, talent scout) segregated record catalogs and marketing Country Blues “delta blues” rural, southern form solo male performers Robert Johnson (1911-1938) “Crossroad Blues” (1936) ◦ crossroads mythology ◦ flexibility of blues form ◦ tortured intensity ▪ guitar & vocals...
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This note was uploaded on 01/20/2012 for the course MUSICOL 123 taught by Professor Garret during the Fall '11 term at University of Michigan.
- Fall '11