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Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
1 hour to complete

Blues Progressions – Theory and Practice

7 videos (Total 50 min), 1 quiz
7 videos
Generic Blues (6:25)6m
Basic Blues Progression8m
Minor Blues (6:49)6m
AA’B Phrase Structures (5:54)5m
1 practice exercise
Quiz - Lesson 124m
Week
2
1 hour to complete

Blues Scales

6 videos (Total 57 min), 1 quiz
6 videos
Blues Riffs (11:40)11m
Call and Response (6:34)6m
One-Scale Improvisation and “East Main Blues” (13:22)13m
1 practice exercise
Quiz - Lesson 222m
Week
3
2 hours to complete

Keyboard Realization

7 videos (Total 65 min), 1 quiz
7 videos
Charleston Rhythm (10:04)10m
Four-Part Chords (9:35)9m
Five-Part Chords (9:43)9m
Comping Texture (18:58)18m
1 practice exercise
Quiz - Lesson 326m
Week
4
1 hour to complete

“Bird” Blues and Other Blues Progressions

7 videos (Total 52 min), 1 quiz
7 videos
“Billie’s Bounce” Progression - Analysis (4:49)4m
Rhythmic Displacement (10:34)10m
“Blues for Alice” Progression - Analysis (6:06)6m
Practical Tips (13:01)13m
1 practice exercise
Quiz - Lesson 420m
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Top reviews from The Blues: Understanding and Performing an American Art Form

By DBOct 8th 2016

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.

By DZMar 4th 2017

This is very practical and useful course. I really learned something from it! I love this courser and I strongly recommend this course to everyone who is fascinated in Blues.

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Dariusz Terefenko

Associate Professor of Jazz Studies and Contemporary Media
Eastman School of Music

About University of Rochester

The University of Rochester is one of the nation's leading private universities. Located in Rochester, N.Y., the University provides exceptional opportunities for interdisciplinary study and close collaboration with faculty through its unique cluster-based curriculum. Its College, School of Arts and Sciences, and Hajim School of Engineering and Applied Sciences are complemented by its Eastman School of Music, Simon School of Business, Warner School of Education, Laboratory for Laser Energetics, School of Medicine and Dentistry, School of Nursing, Eastman Institute for Oral Health, and the Memorial Art Gallery....

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