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Intro To Blues History 101

By Edited Aug 22, 2015 0 0

Blues music may be tracked all the way back to the 19th century. Quite possibly the most early kind of actual blues music appears straight from a technique identified as the "country blues" going back to roughly the 20's. Searching out the earliest beginnings of blues music is something quite a few historians have focused a lot of energy and financial resources trying to uncover the origin of the source (a few even flying to destinations within west Africa in order to discover whether or not it was initially created from conventional African music). Even though there does appear to be many commonalities, blues music contains a special and exclusive tone that came from with the African Americans inside the southern states.

The exact meaning of "blues" inside the dictionary implies "1. depression 2. melancholy kind of jazz". Music artists and bands are used to associating the blues with the typical together with popular 12 bar blues. This particular type of chord progression employs three chords which may be played out in any key. Together with the profound verse which most often goes along with the chords, blues music expresses and also creates a different feeling of emotions generally in most of its listeners and followers.

A couple of renowned, early blues artists which really helped form the actual blues music we all know nowadays were Robert Johnson, Charlie Patton, Blind Lemon Jefferson, Huddie Ledbetter (who eventually had a blues festival named after him), Willie Brown, Son House and Tommy Johnson. Most of these blues artists were born in the Mississippi delta, with the exception of some like Blind Lemon Jefferson (who was from Texas) and Huddie Leadbetter (who was from Louisiana).

The two beginning methods associated with blues music were 1. classic blues (composed of primarily female performers) as well as 2. the country blues (consisting of primarily man vocalists). Every sort of blues offered particular variances in form and sound. Classic blues singers had a very strict adherence to your 12 bar blues while the country blues vocalists varied just a little from the traditional 12 bar blues pattern. Additionally, classic blues singers desired to have a band to accompany with them whereas a country blues artist would typically choose to possess merely his guitar and voice to produce music.

Where blues music definitely started to take off appeared to be during the 1920's, as soon as one company took their audio sales to some entirely different degree. A woman singer with the name of Mamie Smith, part of the classic blues type, helped to kick off the blues by selling greater than one million copies of her songs inside one year. Figuring that each of the records were below a dollar (cheap by nowadays standard however in those days it was a lot for this kind of music) that would have added up to a lot of cash for a new to the scene industry.

Blues music is definitely a special part of our historical background that is uniquely American. Very few styles of music stir up deep emotion and move us the way that the blues does.

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