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Introduction of Blues – Featured Music Genre of Diatonic





1. Definition of “Blues”


The term “Blues” may have come from “blue devils”, meaning melancholy and sadness; an early use of the term in this sense is in George Colman’s one-act farce Blue Devils (1798).

Though the use of the phrase in African-American music may be older, it has been attested to in print since 1912, when Hart Wand’s “Dallas Blues” became the first copyrighted blues composition. In lyrics, the phrase is often used to describe a depressed mood.

2. Summary about Blues

a. Origin

Blues (/bluːz/) is derived from the songs of western Africa brought to North America by black slaves, especially the Mississippi Delta, in the south of the United States. In the new land, this rudimentary music was further developed with new instruments and became very popular among African American slave communities as they gathered for work, reap, belief, or entertaining.


Gradually, the Blues was also favored by the young white people in American. Since then it has influenced almost all kinds of music in North America: Jazz, Big bands, Ragtime, Rhythm & Blues (R&B), Soul, Rock and roll, Pop, country and even classical music of the 20th century.

b. Features and classifications of Blues:

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The blues form, ubiquitous in jazz, rhythm and blues and rock and roll, is characterized by the call-and-response pattern, the blues scale, and specific chord progressions, of which the twelve-bar blues is the most common. Blue notes (or “worried notes”), usually thirds, fifths or sevenths flattened in pitch are also an essential part of the sound.

Blues is a genre of music that has different characteristics such as lyrics, bass lines, and unique instruments. Blues subgenres include country blues, such as Delta blues and Piedmont blues, as well as urban blues styles such as Chicago blues and West Coast blues. World War II marked the transition from acoustic to electric blues and the progressive opening of blues music to a wider audience, especially white listeners. In the 1960s and 1970s, a hybrid form called blues-rock developed, which blended blues styles with rock music.

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