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Description

This course, Discovering music: the blues, will introduce you to a musical tradition with roots in the nineteenth century but which is still relevant to making music today. You will learn about how the lyrics of blues songs reflect the social environment in which they were created, and about the musical techniques that underpin the structures of blues songs. You do not need to play an instrument, to sing or have any prior musical knowledge to be able to complete this course.

Introduction

This course, Discovering music: the blues, will introduce you to a musical tradition with roots in the nineteenth century but is still relevant to making music today. You will learn about how the lyrics of blues songs reflect the social environment in which they were created, and about the musical techniques that underpin the structures of blues songs. You do not need to play an instrument, to sing or have any prior musical knowledge to be able to complete this course.

Learning Outcomes

After studying this course, you should be able to:
  • Describe the historical context of the blues
  • Explain the nature of typical blues lyrics
  • Recognize a blues scale
  • Understand the concept of primary chords
  • Understand the 12-bar blues structure.

Course Curriculum

    • ‘Feeling Blue’ 00:15:00
    • What Makes a Tradition? 00:20:00
    • Covers and Continuing Traditions 00:25:00
    • Defining the Blues 00:25:00
    • A Short History of the Blues 00:25:00
    • Blues in Urban Chicago 00:30:00
    • Blues Styles and the Blues Tradition 00:40:00
    • Blues and the Early History of the Recording Industry 00:25:00
    • The Limitations of Technology 00:25:00
    • The Impact of Recordings 00:20:00
    • Blues Lyrics and the Expressive Voice 00:20:00
    • Musical Techniques 01:00:00
    • Conclusion 00:20:00
    • Discovering Music: The Blues Test 00:10:00

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