By Dick Weissman
Blues: the fundamentals deals a concise advent to a century of the blues. geared up chronologically, it specializes in the most important eras within the progress and improvement of this renowned musical variety. fabric contains: a definition of the blues and the key genres inside it key artists corresponding to Ma Rainey, Bessie Smith, Robert Johnson and Blind Lemon Jefferson key recordings whole with timelines and recommendations for extra research, this attention-grabbing evaluate is perfect for college students and listeners.
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They were essentially a repetition of the images that minstrels had painted of African Americans. Ironically, some of the composers of these songs were themselves black. Instrumental ragtime developed during the 1890s, primarily in St. Louis and Sedalia, Missouri, but also in New Orleans. Eileen Southern, in her pioneering book The Music of Black Americans, also mentions piano players in such cities as Mobile, Alabama, Louisville, Kentucky, Memphis, Chicago, Philadelphia, and New York. As instrumental ragtime developed, it became very complex, containing as many as four different musical parts to a song.
There were some recordings of blues in the teens and early 1920s made by white singers, such as vaudeville performers Nora Bayes and Marie Cahill. But it took Perry Bradford — African American composer of popular and blues-styled songs — to convince a recording company, Okeh Records, to record a black singer, Mamie Smith, in February 1920. Ironically, the first songs that Smith recorded were originally going to be cut by white vaudevillian Sophie Tucker. Smith’s recording of Bradford’s songs That Thing Called Love and You Can’t Keep a Good Man Down was released in July 1920.
King, it is easy enough to analyze the musical and lyrical structure of one of his songs. Almost invariably the songs will be in 4/4 time, which means that there are four quarter notes in each measure of music. The verses will contain twelve bars of music, and the chord structure will usually consist of three basic chords, built on the first, fourth, and fifth notes of the scale. In the key of C, these chords will be C, F, and G7, with the C going to a C7 and the F chord moving to an F7. The lyrics will be in AAB form, which means that the first line of the song will be repeated, with the third line acting as a sort of answer to the previous (repeated) lines.
Blues: The Basics (Basics (Routledge Paperback)) by Dick Weissman