The blues is an American art form and the most important musical form in jazz. Although there are other formal paradigms of the blues, such as 8-bar or 16-bar, this course focuses on different incarnations of the 12-bar blues. There are considerable differences between Early Jazz blues, Swing blues, Bebop blues, Modal blues, and Post Bop blues. Each type has its unique harmonic syntax, melodic vocabulary and, associated with them, improvisational techniques. While other aspects of jazz performance practice have been constantly changing from one stylistic convention to another, the blues has never lost its identity and expressive power, and continues to exert a powerful influence on the harmonic and melodic syntax of jazz.
The Blues: Understanding and Performing an American Art FormUniversity of Rochester
About this Course
Skills you will gain
- Jazz Improvisation
Syllabus - What you will learn from this course
Blues Progressions – Theory and Practice
“Bird” Blues and Other Blues Progressions
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TOP REVIEWS FROM THE BLUES: UNDERSTANDING AND PERFORMING AN AMERICAN ART FORM
Excellent content and faculty ! thoroughly enjoying it : )
Thanks a lot to all who have worked towadrds making this material available
Very good course for all musicians. Explains advanced blues and jazz theory in easy way. Very interesting material about the music history and harmony evaluation.
Such a great course! Even though I am a bass player this course has made me understand patterns and ways in which the Blues can be taken to. Thank you very much for such an amazing experience.
Everything is clearly explained and demonstrated. It was great being able to downloads course videos and transcripts for reference.
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