Many styles of blues demonstrate similar sonic characteristics. Additionally, these techniques and ideas carry on to many different genres. Repeated progressions of chords and a cyclic form pair with the call and response song scheme to form an easily distinguishable style.
Like Barlow, Palmer notes the association between the blues and folk in which the latter was converted to the former over time. Indeed, Palmer’s explanation of the blues’ origin notes that the emergence of common subjects including women and hard luck signified the process of folk songs becoming the blues. Such common subjects can be described as related to personal experiences, and Barlow noted this by explaining the blues’ standard form revolves around personal experience. This means the blues most probably originated out of experience African-Americans were subjected to and this formed the
Since most of the earlier blues artists were illiterate, few could read music either. This made improvisation of both lyrics and music a fundamental part and a hallmark of the blues. But from this improvisation evolved patterns, one of the most important and influential being the twelve bar blues, which is still widely recognized today. This pattern took form in the first decade of the twentieth century and consisted of three chords. The one chord, the four chord, and the five chord, with the seventh note flatted. This pattern is as...
Then these artists moved on from the shows in the South to the permanent Vaudeville theatres of New york, where their songs were written specifically for a broader audience by professional black song writers such as William Handy who was based in Memphis who composed and simply published several of the early classics such as Memphis Blues which was originally written in 1909 for a political campaign but was only published in 1912, St Louis Blues (1914), Loveless love (1921), Harlem blues (1923). The twelve-bar structure that eventually became the standard was an invention of these urban songwriters: the original blues music was largely free
Elvis Presley is not known as the King of Rock and Roll for any old reason. He revolutionized the music of his time and greatly affected the music that would come after him. The development of the music style known as Rock and Roll stemmed from many different types of music that were already in existence. Elvis’ musical style was generated from three main genres. He fused African American blues, southern country western and Christian gospel music together to form his unique sound (Jeansonne). His early music fell under a genre known as “rockabilly” which then evolved into his own style of Rock and Roll. Rockabilly is known as one of the earliest, rawest forms of rock and roll. It is the blending of bluegrass and rhythm and blues which led to an upbeat lighthearted musical style and lyrics.
The blues was very popular during the 1920s to the 1930s with the blacks and was starting to grow for whites. Classic city blues was dominated by female singers. Usually they performed with jazz musicians with a call-and-response between the music and the singer. The blues was very closely distinguished with jazz because both included each other in their music and the blues had an influence towards the beginnings of jazz. The boogie-woogie, which is like ragtime, is closely related to the blues. The blues became popular about the same time as country...
Rural blues, being simple and unorganized, and rhythm and blues, being more complex and beat oriented, both portray the same song in virtually opposite ways. Both were entertaining in their own ways, and both of the artists were able grasp and hold the audience’s attention. Johnson’s rural blues version of “Crossroad” was heartfelt and story like with his little instrumental influence and his simple organization. When listening, the audience is able to hear his pure emotion and connection to the lyrics through his raw vocals. Clapton’s rhythm and blues version of “Crossroad” felt rehearsed and preformed; his use of strong beats, strict musical structure, and improvisation made the experience entertaining but very instrumentally focused. By comparing the two types of jazz, the listener is able to comprehend how much jazz has evolved throughout the years. Although one might prefer a specific style over the other, both are intriguing in their own ways and emphasize the strong influence jazz has in our
the blues were a type of black folk song little known beyond the southern United
Blues, a genre of music originated by African Americans around the end of the 19th century. This genre used many musical aspects from African-American work songs, African musical traditions and folk music. In order to determine what characteristically is deemed a ‘blues song’, stylistic components of blues as well as mood or emotion are the main corresponding influential factors to illustrate the blues musical genre. Blues form is also characterised by call-and response, meaningful lyrics of hurt or sorrow and a specific chord progression known as the 12-bar blues. Solomon Burke’s live performance of “If you need me”, a song originally written by Wilson Pickett and popularised by Solomon Burke, has definitively captivated the blues musical
Both genres were shown to have rhythmic syncopation in their music and both showed the improvisation. Blues improvised in the sense of the vocalist and ragtime did not improvise and composed their music to b accenting certain notes. Earlier we saw the main difference between the ragtime and blues because blues is known to completely miss a strong or weak note and ragtime is known to accent midway between notes. This main difference made ragtime have the uplifting swing feel versus the sorrow blues
Blues lyrics are simple rhyming couplets. The first line is repeated followed by a second to complete the three lines of poetry. The story is always about a subject upon which the performer has strong feelings.
Perhaps the blues was representation of optimism and faith for the entire city of Harlem and all of African-American descent. Music is portrayed fluently and abundantly throughout the entire story of “Sonny’s Blues”. Despite the fact that Sonny frequently plays the piano, there is always a juke box playing, the “humming an old church song”, a “jangling beat of a tambourine”, a tune being whistled, or a revival meeting with the singing of religious words (Baldwin 293-307). The repetition of music in the short story is a realistic portrayal of how regular the blues, musically and emotionally, was present in an African-American’s life during the era of racial discrimination. Flibbert explains that the rooted, burdensome emotion felt by African Americans is difficult to put to words, other than describing it as the blues. He best defines the blues as “a mental and emotional state arising from recognition of limitation imposed-in the case of African-Americans-by racial barriers to the community” (Flibbert). Though a definite definition exists, the blues cannot simply be construed. To cope with this unexplainable feeling of blue, the African-American folk genre of jazz music was created. Finally, the blues was something African-Americans owned and that the white man could not strip them of. Though music appears to show up at the most troublesome times in “Sonny’s Blues”, it brings along “a glimmer of life within the
When the blues declined the introduction of the electric guitar re-popularized the blues. The electric guitar amplified the music and gave artists the ability to change change their music, as well as give their it character. In the 1950's. Blues Revived due to the electric guitar. The electric blues popularized attracting new audiences with its distinct sound. Modern blues emerged due to African American musicians incorpirating rock and roll sounds into thier music. white preformers dabeled in the the blues at this time and brought it foward to white and foreign audiences. An artist who popularizedt= this modern blues rock was B.B. King
Ask any American citizen what they know about the fifties and some part of their answer will include the term “Rock and Roll” or “Elvis”. Although the 50’s were mostly known for rock and roll, country and gospel music actually found their roots first. Country music grew out of the Appalachian Mountains. Appalachian music in the early 1950’s had influences from old English, Irish, and Scottish folk music. Rural roots like these were also a strong contributing factor towards gospel music. Gospel music increased in popularity during the 50’s but began in early African-American slave history. According to Ganzel (2007), “...one of the hallmarks of gospel music--and in turn, soul, R&B and rock-n-roll--is the call-and-response form that has direct roots to the African-American slave history and tradition” (p.15-16). Folk music also found its beginning in agrarian communities. One musician who represented this genre was Bob Dylan; he found his inspiration from life and politics (Ganzel 2007). These very rustic styles of music powerfully expressed the culture of rural America in the 1950’s. In the heart of this rural America, surrounded by cotton country, was Tupelo Mississippi. This was the birthplace of Elvis Presley. Elvis changed the face of music forever by developing and representing a new genre: Rock and Roll. Elvis is often referred to as The King of Rock and
Blues had its most brilliant years in America by the end of WWI. The American troops brought the Blues home with them, which they learned from the Southern Whites who had been exposed to the blues. After WWII, Blues had a different experience by the well-known Blues musicians as B.B. King and Buddy Guy by “amplifying guitar” and “emphasized drums”; thus created intensified sounds in Blues, the collection of which later called to be the “Electric Blues”.(Herman) This kind of Blues had a great deal of resemblance to Jazz music due to the increased drum beats.