What does Improvisation mean?
In the left hand you need to play the blues chords or the walking bass line.
In your right hand you will need to improvise. Choose between easy, medium and hard. The cards provided will give you a prompt of where to start.
Extended work - Try putting your improvisation with the song in the mood. Can you change the structure and make the song swing?
Evaluate your performance with the following link.
Performing in the Mood - Easy
In the Mood - Moderate
In the Mood - Tricky
Perform at the same time the Bass in the Left Hand (LH) and the Melody in the Right Hand (RH)
Rate your performance using the link
Answer the following questions on the blues?
Where does the blues come from? Where does it originate?
In your own words, what is a call and response?
What is significant about the date of 1865?
What is the structure of a blues song?
Name 3 famous Blues guitarists
Name 3 famous Blues singers
Writing Blues Lyrics
1. Choose a topic that will go with blues for example. A breakup love story. A bank robbery gone wrong. Teacher giving too much homework
2. Follow the formula below for the four lines of each verse of a blues song:
1st Line:State the problem.
2nd Line: Repeat 1st line.
3rd Line: State the solution or the Consequence.
Example Bessie Smith
1st Line: Did you ever sit thinking with a thousand things on your mind,
2nd Line: Did you ever sit thinking with a thousand things on your mind,
3rd Line: Thinking about someone who has treated you so nice and kind?
Notice the rhyme scheme AAB
The syllables are the same number in length
Example Sonny Boy Williamson - So Sad to be Lonesome
1st Line: So sad to be lonesome too much un-con-vin-yon to be alone
2nd Line: So sad to be lonesome too un-con-vin-yon to be alone
3rd Line: But it makes a man feel so good when his baby come back home
Write your own blues song 4 verses in length.