Blues History

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  1. Larry F

    Larry F Doctor of Teleocity Vendor Member

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    Let's pretend that I am on your Comprehensive Exam committee for a PhD in Blues. In classical music, I might ask the student to talk about opera in the United States. I didn't like to focus the questions too much, preferring to see how the student presents the topic. It usually takes around 5 minutes to hit the main points.

    OK, so here is my question for your imaginary comprehensive exam. It wouldn't be sporting to let you use Google, as this is an off-the-cuff, oral exam question. The students won't know what I'm asking, but part of their education and training is to have a broad enough knowledge of their entire field.

    OK, here is your question. "What is the history of the minor blues?"
     
  2. thunderbyrd

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    "Minor blues grew side by side with major blues. The earliest recorded female blues artist, Mama Cammie, only left us with 6 recordings, all believed to be recorded between 1919-1921. Her songs are equally divided between minor: Daddy Just Won't, Don't Say It Again, Sweet Sweet Rose, and major: Calvary Won't Forget Me, He Caught the Bluebird, Old Time Mule. "

    and etc.

    I'd just make up some stuff, because you don't know if there is such a person as Mama Cammie. and neither do I. but if those songs don't exist, somebody ought to write them.
     
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    In its modern artistic musical form the minor blues originated in the early 20th Century Southern United States. It was created and evolved as a method of storytelling to share the plight of Black American sharecroppers and migrant workers in the Mississippi river delta area thus the name Delta Blues. During the Depression era many of those workers migrated north to the cities, especially Chicago, to find work and they brought their music with them. This migration of peoples and music evolved into Chicago/Electric blues. It is an art that has a basic form to it which is easy to learn yet very difficult to master and remains a considerable influence on modern music of many forms to this day.
     
  4. blowtorch

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    "Canary Done Died" is one of the better-known miner's blues
     
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    This is a book or series of books. Can't be answered as a forum post unless you just want an outline, but even that would take serious thought. My answer would be framed around the premise that Blues music, an original American form of music, evolved with and in many of the same ways as did America itself.
     
  6. trev333

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    With the children of Blues players, I guess...o_O:cool:
     
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    In my opinion, blues never actually existed for real until Joe Bonamassa.



    I just want to stand back and see what I just caused. :D
     
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    Some men just want to watch the world burn.
     
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    3-Chord-Genius Poster Extraordinaire

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    Nah, everybody knows that the blues was around long before Joe Bonamassa, and everybody knows Joe Bonamassa is an awesome guitarist. As such, everybody knows it was a joke.
     
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  10. thunderbyrd

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    yes, yes, I've said the same thing many times!
     
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    It's well-documented how rock and roll was derived from the blues. It's not quite as clear what the blues was derived from.
     
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    It’s all pain. It hurts.
     
  14. Lake Placid Blue

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    Excuse me while I go pop some popcorn.
     
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    pay more attention here - the funny guys get tomorrow all day, but this is a Final Exam (permanent record) so recognize @getbent 's single word hint & work from there.

    Here's a second clue, my choir sang in this language; we're not alone in doing so.

    Peace - Deeve
     
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    No need for popcorn on this one. Everyone knows it's a joke.
     
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    I never studied for this exam.:(

    though the pictures of the old blues players in the book looked kinda cool they way they used sepia tones..:rolleyes:
     
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    I know it’s a joke. Mine was a joke too. Except that I do like popcorn...... now I think I AM going to go make some popcorn.
     
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    Are some of us missing the word minor here?

    The blues in general has what people often talk about as playing minor scales over major chords, or something similar. The blue notes. I think it's more micro-tonal than a minor key. That micro-tonal thing comes from Africa. The slides, the bends. But it grew in an environment of European instruments and music.

    What I think of as minor blues is all those Am / Dm /E7 type progressions. Comes from European ballads later transformed through a blues lens. St James Infirmary for example, traces its roots from an Irish (I think?) ballad that then mutated in America. I would say that the origin of minor blues is that micro-tonal thing blended with minor key European folk music. In the New World it then became it's own style.
     
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    When I think of minor blues, I think "Otis Rush".
     
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