Chapter 7 - Chapter 7 The blues*Starts our discussion of musical styles how all of the elements are put together"Having the blues Elizabethan

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Chapter 7 - The blues *Starts our discussion of musical styles – how all of the elements are put together *“Having the blues” – Elizabethan England *Applied to music first in the 1900’s *Sharecroppers - Freed former slaves went back to work on plantations for “share” of crop - While working, African-Americans would sing - Roots of the blues come from these work songs *Work songs - When working in groups, sing together to help coordinate - Strong Rhythms - Ex: “Rosie” (1947) – Mississippi State Penitentiary o listen for axe blows o Heterophonic texture o “Call and response” *Field Holler - Sung when working alone - Less rhythmic, more languid and mournful - Ex: sung by Leonard Caston o Listen for freedom rhythm o Melody sounds improvised o Recorded in his apartment, 1971 *Blues used for entertainment *Sung at house parties, in social gatherings *Associated with country sharecroppers *Some musicians in the cities as well *Blues Styles
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1. Country Blues – Male Singer, guitar, very simple 2. Classic Blues – female singer, backed by lots of instruments 3. Chicago Blues – 1940’s-1950’s, developed amplifiers, electric instruments, model for rock and roll bands later
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This note was uploaded on 04/08/2008 for the course EMUS 1832 taught by Professor Nunez,dani during the Spring '08 term at Colorado.

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Chapter 7 - Chapter 7 The blues*Starts our discussion of musical styles how all of the elements are put together"Having the blues Elizabethan

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