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  Twelve Bar Blues, by Patrick Neate, published by Penguin, won the 2001 Whitbread Novel award.
Twelve Bar Blues, by Patrick Neate, published by Penguin, won the 2001 Whitbread Novel award.
Neate's background as a music journalist adds credibility to his vivid portrayal of the early jazz and blues scene - the buzz from the the crowded, steamy honky-tonk dance floors is pretty vivid.
Cleverly written, the book is structured around the simple musical pattern of the 'twelve bar blues', with each of the different stories playing either the tonic, dominant or subdominant harmonies.
www.book-club.co.nz /books/5twelvebarblues.htm   (1160 words)

Historically the blues was born in the second half of the 1800's, when music was added to the part that for a long time was only vocal.
The expansion of rural blues (therefore limited to certain areas), to what would be the diffusion on a worldwide basis, would obviously bring some changes in the contents of the text, such as more modern and updated texts that pertained to the actual matters of the time in which a song was written.
Initially the typical structure of the blues was concentrated into a verse, followed by a rest (or an instrumental) that was repeated twice until the final resolution.
www.soundme.com /eng/blues/blue01.htm   (642 words)

 Twelve bar blues - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
While the blues is most often considered to be in sectional strophic form with a verse-refrain pattern, it may also be considered as an extension of the variational chaconne procedure.
The blue yodels of Jimmie Rodgers, the singing brakeman, are usually of twelve bars, including the repeated first line, but the three lines of lyrics are delivered across the first eight bars, with Rodgers' trademark yodeling obbligato filling the last four lines.
Chuck Berry's "Oh Carol" is a 24-bar blues, with each line doubled in length by the addition of a guitar lick after the vocal part.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Twelve_bar_blues   (648 words)

 ARTSEDGE: Twelve-Bar Blues
Be sure to touch on the evolutionary path of blues music, originating from slave work songs, and eventually ending up in big cities like Chicago, New York, and St. Louis as the Great Migration brought African-Americans north.
Even the sliding notes created by a blues singer's voice or on the guitar with a metal or bottleneck slide elicit the emotional cries of a people brought into the country as slaves.
Have students number their papers from one to twelve, representing the twelve measures of the 12-bar blues.
artsedge.kennedy-center.org /content/2208   (1065 words)

 mountain dulcimer blues 2
In the first part of this session, we learned the basics of the twelve bar blues pattern applied to the mountain dulcimer in the key of E (while in DAd tuning).
In the key of A the notes in the blues pentatonic are A, C, D, E, and G. These are all available to you in DAd tuning.
The situation is similar for the key of B blues.
www.sksmithmusic.com /virtual_classroom/blues_2.html   (964 words)

 GuitarPeople.com - Lessons
To be a great blues soloist, a guitarist must understand the form of the blues itself so that when he or she plays a solo, it makes musical sense.
A typical twelve bar blues will consist of the I (the name of the key), the IV, and the V chords in a key.
For example, the A blues scale should be played for blues in A, and the E blues scale should be used for soloing over a blues in the key of E. Patterns for the A blues scale are shown below.
www.guitarpeople.com /rockblues/theory101.asp   (671 words)

 On "The Weary Blues"
It combines traditional blues stanzas that emphasize the roots of African-American experience, touches of vaudeville blues as the roots were being "refined," pride in African-American creativity and forms of expression, and a sense of the weariness that ties together generations of African-Americans.
The blues singer in the poem transcends "his rickety stool," which seems to represent his life condition and not just the appurtenances of the joint: "He played that sad raggy tune like a musical fool." We can reasonably infer that nothing in his life conveys the concentration and depth of his music.
What the blues articulates is the simultaneous presence of the "tragic and comic aspects of the human conditions." Thus, the blues in the poem is not the conventional "either/or" condition configured within the Cartesian construct.
www.english.uiuc.edu /maps/poets/g_l/hughes/weary.htm   (2006 words)

 Amazon.co.uk: Twelve Bar Blues: Books: Patrick Neate   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-11)
Patrick Neate's second novel, Twelve Bar Blues, is a bouncy, ebullient book, "populated" (as one of its cast reflects midway through), "by absurd characters, dead ends and half truths" that tumbles "toward a punch-line that would seem inevitable with hindsight".
Spanning three continents and two centuries Twelve Bar Blues is an epic tale of jazz and juju, fate, family and friendship which finally unfolds in the Louisiana bayou...At its heart is Lick Holden, a young jazz musician, in 1900 New Orleans.
Blues and Jazz are almost the counterpoint to the whole drama and one feels that music is the common thread throughout the book.
www.amazon.co.uk /Twelve-Bar-Blues-Patrick-Neate/dp/014028656X   (1994 words)

 Twelve Bar Blues - Part 1   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-11)
This simple song progression is used in most blues song, and is the basis for many rock, pop, and jazz tunes also.
The first section of our blues progression is based on the I - IV - I – I (Roman numerals) progression (or 1 – 4 – 1 – 1.) The first chord we play is the number one (I) chord.
It is played for one measure (or bar.) The second chord is the IV (4) chord and it is played for one measure.
www.betterguitar.com /Instruction/Styles/Blues/12BarBlues/12BarBlues1.html   (625 words)

 Lessons in the Blues, Solo Guitar score with tab   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-11)
Because the blues is the foundation for many styles of music, and its theme of hardship is common throughout society, people of varying backgrounds find solace at its table.
In the key of "A" these chords are A, D and E. The blues is unique because it commonly uses the dominant 7th chord for the I, IV, and V chords.
Includes simple first position blues scales needed for soloing (both fingerpicking and flatpicking) in the keys of E,G, and C. Songs and solos are presented in standard notation and tablature with lyrics.
sologuitarist.net /blues.html   (1481 words)

 Welcome to Mel Bay's Guitar Sessions® Web Magazine   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-11)
Often, when guitarists think of the blues and blues players, the first thing that comes to mind is lead guitar.
The second pattern is for the second bar each time a chord repeats for two bars (bars 4 and 8).
Additionally, we'll add a "turnaround", which is a group of chords in the last two bars of a blues that increases interest in the movement to the V (B7) chord and leads the ear back to the I chord at the beginning of the progression.
www.guitarsessions.com /nov04/rockblues.html   (1419 words)

 JAZCLASS - Blues lesson : on Blues origin, Blues harmony, Blues improvisation by Michael Furstner
The Blues started in the 19th century as a form of folk music developed by the fl slaves in the United States.
Triad Blues is in the key of C. The rhythmic motif is a simple 2 bar pattern, repeated every two bars.
In Triad Blues only the C chord (in the LH) is played in root position.
www.jazclass.aust.com /bl1.htm   (1415 words)

 Instructional Blues Guitar Videos and DVD
The most virtuosic blues King, big bad Freddie was a spectacular guitarist as well as a first-rate singer and accomplished songwriter.
His tasty, economical and expressive lead lines have come to define the essence of cool blues guitar soloing, and the power of his dramatic and soulful phrasing is undiminished by the passage of time.
In Blues Rock Guitar Soloing, Mat demonstrates the art of phrasing which is the key to all improvised music as heard in the music of Santana, Clapton and SRV.
www.musicridge.com /guitars_blues.htm   (2371 words)

 Twelve Bar Blues
Now, the twelve bar Blues Structure (also called the 'TWELVE BAR BLUES') is by no means the only Chord Structure used in Blues, but it is the most popular and probably the easiest to learn (thankfully!).
These lines represent the end of a previous bar and the beginning of a new Bar, and are often used as guides to split music up into smaller pieces; much in the same way that a written paragraph is divided into sentences and phrases.
This is usually a short Chord Structure (usually two or four Bars long) designed to launch the musicians into the main Twelve Bar Blues part of the tune.
www.riccardos.org /harmonicas/theory/12_bar.shtml   (1547 words)

 English Teaching Forum Online – Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs
When people talk about a "twelve-bar blues," the "bar" is a musical measure, usually a set of four beats, like this: [Demonstrates on guitar and harmonica] (One, two, three, four...) The "backbeat" is the beat that comes on the second and fourth beats.
Blues music is famous for the "blue note." This comes when certain notes are "flatted," or bent downward.
The evolution of the blues to rock 'n' roll may be seen in the tempo, or speed, of the song.
exchanges.state.gov /forum/vols/vol41/no1/mediatranscripts.htm   (632 words)

 Blues Foundation :: Lesson Plans
Identify it as the blues, a style of music that arose from the Mississippi Delta among poor African-Americans after the Civil War.
Tell the students that the words of the first two phrases, known as the "calls," are the same, and the last phrase, known as the "response," is different and elaborates further on the problem stated in the call.
Show poster of "Writing the Blues." Tell students their assignment is to write a blues song, using the rules on the poster, in groups of about six students.
www.blues.org /bits/plans.php4?Id=2   (771 words)

 Classics for Kids | Teachers: Lesson Plans
Around the turn of the 20th century, Blues refers both to the poetry of these troubles and the setting of the poetry to music.
One bar is the same as four shapes or four beats.
Review the twelve bar blues pattern using class initiated movements and the recording of the blues.
www.classicsforkids.com /teachers/lessonplans/still/stillblues_23.asp   (1096 words)

 :::Patrick Neate::: Twelve Bar Blues
‘Twelve Bar Blues’ was published by Viking in May 2001.
Spanning three continents and two centuries, Twelve Bar Blues is an epic tale of fate, family, friendship and jazz.
At its heart is Lick Holden, a young jazz musician, who sets New Orleans on fire with his cornet at the beginning of the last century.
www.patrickneate.com /page.asp?p=12bb   (572 words)

 Blues Chords, Blues Progressions, 12 Bar Blues
Learn these blues chords and basic blues progressions to play with any blues band in the world...
Blues musicians often refer to chord changes by Roman numerals after the steps of the scale.
A minor 12 bar blues usually has a repeated rhythm pattern and no chord in the 12 measure.
www.bluesforpeace.com /blueschords.htm   (615 words)

 BBC News | ARTS | Patrick Neate: All that jazz
The 31-year-old writer of Twelve Bar Blues has just pocketed £5,000 for winning the Whitbread novel award but his feelings of joy are tempered by those of embarrassment.
He was not alone in thinking Twelve Bar Blues was an unlikely winner.
Twelve Bar Blues is an accessible, dizzying ride through the streets of New Orleans at the turn of the last century.
news.bbc.co.uk /1/hi/entertainment/arts/1741108.stm   (583 words)

 Amazon.com: Twelve Bar Blues: Books: Patrick Neate   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-11)
Crafting the novel in the pattern of the twelve bar blues, described in the opening pages, Neate presents each half of the novel in twelve chapters, which move back and forth and around in time and location, from the early 1900's to the present, from Africa to New Orleans, New York, and Chicago.
Neate is a brilliant story-teller, and "Twelve Bar Blues" is worthy of all its acclaim.
TBB is a masterpiece of modern fiction that has to be read.
www.amazon.com /Twelve-Bar-Blues-Patrick-Neate/dp/0802117279   (2189 words)

 How to Become a Blues Musician - WikiHow
The next two bars are the fourth degree, and then two bars of the first degree.
The last four bars are the fifth degree, fourth degree, first degree, and fifth degree, respectively, and then the progression repeats.
Playing a variety of 1-4-5 blues will help you understand what they have in common and how they differ, which will in turn help you build a solid foundation in blues while still encouraging your own creativity.
www.wikihow.com /Become-a-Blues-Musician   (445 words)

 Learn, Play, Piano, Music, Theory, Blues, 12 Bar, Music, Instruction
In addition to the blues' own inherent rewards, it's also a close relative of many types of jazz, rock, and pop, and its chord progressions are found in many types of music.
Blues is especially full of repetition and patterns; melodic (the tune), harmonic (the chords), phrased-based, accompaniment, etc. Put 'em all together, and blues makes a great vehicle for learning piano.
Blues is fun and likeable, and therefore may get more playing time than traditional material covering the same techniques.
www.edly.com /eptib.html   (644 words)

 Twelve Bar (12) Bar Blues
This is one of the early styles of blues where rock and roll music started.
From the word itself says it is composed of twelve bars.
The only difference from the first illustration is that C and D7 chords were used on the 10th and 12th bar respectively.
www.guitarreference.com /twelve_bar.htm   (103 words)

 Blues Guitar Lessons - Guitar Noise
Blues Notes and Passing Tones Bending By Olav Torvund If you read my previous lesson on the blues scale, you will remember that the blues-tonality is unstable and unsettled, because you play a minor of scale over major chords.
Blues Feeling By Christian Cayeux The goal of this intermediate lesson is to show you how to get a good blues feeling.
Blues Turnarounds By Steve Wells These turnarounds are mainly in E, but I've put in a few in other keys.
www.guitarnoise.com /blues.php   (829 words)

 Twelve Bar Blues - smh.com.au
A "twelve bar blues" is, this book informs us, "the most common harmonic progression in all jazz." It comprises 12 bars based on three types of harmonies.
Twelve Bar Blues, the winner of last year's Whitbread novel award, takes this form for its own structure, running its three inter-related stories through the blues progression, over two books.
The main story is set in early-20th-century Louisiana, and concerns the lives of jazz cornet player Lick Holden and his stepsister and love, Sylvie.
www.smh.com.au /articles/2002/06/21/1023864491396.html   (557 words)

 Thredbo Blues Festival :: Blues Festivals Australia
Thredbo is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2007 and to help celebrate the occasion, the Blues Festival will stage an All Star Concert in the Village Square on the Saturday evening.
The blues is a vocal and instrumental music based on the use of the blue notes and a repetitive pattern that typically follows a twelve-bar structure, hence the term 12 bar Blues.
The blues influenced later American and Western popular music, rhythm and blues, rock and roll, hip-hop, country music and pop songs.
www.thredboblues.com   (256 words)

 Playing The Blues
The Blues is the foundation on which all other 20th century music was built.
The Blues is like a Japanese Haiku poem in the sense that the form is pretty much determined already.
Almost all blues is based on a twelve bar progression and on only three chords.
chrisjuergensen.com.hosting.domaindirect.com /playing_the_blues.htm   (1015 words)

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