In this lesson, we are going to learn about the origin of blues music and how to play and transpose a 12-bar blues bass line.
Unit: Band Musicianship 2: The Blues
To understand how to build primary chords from a bass/root note, and the function of a turnaround chord
In this lesson, you will understand why primary chords are so special, and what a turnaround chord is. You will enjoy performing a 12 bar blues chord sequence.
Can you 'walk' a bassline? Which rhythms are used in the blues?
In this lesson, we will look at how a main melody or theme is used in blues music and learn how to play a very famous 'head'.
In this lesson, we will explore how blues' musicians create interesting improvisations.
If you're feeling blue, remembering just how much you've learnt about the blues will cheer you up!
In this lesson, we will understand why improvisation in blues music is so important. You will learn how to improvise confidently in longer musical phrases.
In this lesson, we will look at wonderful blues singing and how the artist can show the emotion of the lyrics through the way they sing. You will also have the opportunity to write your own blues verse.
In this lesson we are going to analyse the jazz standard "All Blues" through performance.
In this lesson you are going to use everything you have learned about blues music to compose your own blues accompaniment.
In this lesson you are going to create a structured blues melody above last lesson's accompaniment. You will make creative decisions about who from the 'band' improvises in your blues piece.
In this lesson, you will learn all about the different playing and singing techniques heard in blues music. You will be able to identify these different techniques by ear.
In this lesson you will consolidate your learning about band musicianship by examining how blues bands communicate with each other. You will learn about what makes a great blues musician and improviser, and how to improvise your own phrases within a structure.