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Discovering the Blues

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Discovering the Blues


What do George Gershwin, the Beatles, and
Louis Armstrong all have in common? None of them would be quite the same without the blues, and this free course is your guide to the origins, topics, and techniques of a musical
tradition that’s influenced just about everything in Western popular music. You’ll explore the
genre’s ancestry that harks back to the field hollers and ballads of the late 19th century. You will investigate the unique technical elements of blues, and ask just what exactly
is a blue note? It’s a fascinating story deeply rooted in social history. So why not take
a closer look? It’s like the great man says, as long as people have problems, the blues
can never die. Get more from The Open University. Check out the links on screen now.

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