How are instruments used to communicate the blues tradition?

In this lesson, we will learn all about the different playing and singing techniques heard in blues music. We will be able to identify these different techniques by ear.

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Quiz:

Intro quiz - Recap from previous lesson

Before we start this lesson, let’s see what you can remember from this topic. Here’s a quick quiz!

Q1.What is this instrument called?

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Q2.Which of these instruments often play the melody parts in blues music?

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Q3.What melodic idea is a 'head' in blues music?

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Q4.What is improvising in blues music?

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Q5.What is the melodic structure AAB?

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Q6.Name the song that made Duffy a famous artist.

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Quiz:

Intro quiz - Recap from previous lesson

Before we start this lesson, let’s see what you can remember from this topic. Here’s a quick quiz!

Q1.What is this instrument called?

1/6

Q2.Which of these instruments often play the melody parts in blues music?

2/6

Q3.What melodic idea is a 'head' in blues music?

3/6

Q4.What is improvising in blues music?

4/6

Q5.What is the melodic structure AAB?

5/6

Q6.Name the song that made Duffy a famous artist.

6/6

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Quiz:

How are instruments used to communicate the blues tradition?

Don’t worry if you get a question wrong! Forgetting is an important step in learning. We will recap next lesson.

Q1.What types of instruments were used in early blues music?

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Q2.What technique is often used in blues singing?

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Q3.How is the drum kit often played in blues music?

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Q4.What technique describes this: 'when the player uses their hand to make a sound on the fretboard when they play bass'

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Q5.What is a bottlenecking?

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Q6.What is a string bend?

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Q7.What is a vibrato?

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Q8.What is a crushed note?

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This quiz includes images that don't have any alt text - please contact your teacher who should be able to help you with an audio description.

Quiz:

How are instruments used to communicate the blues tradition?

Don’t worry if you get a question wrong! Forgetting is an important step in learning. We will recap next lesson.

Q1.What types of instruments were used in early blues music?

1/8

Q2.What technique is often used in blues singing?

2/8

Q3.How is the drum kit often played in blues music?

3/8

Q4.What technique describes this: 'when the player uses their hand to make a sound on the fretboard when they play bass'

4/8

Q5.What is a bottlenecking?

5/8

Q6.What is a string bend?

6/8

Q7.What is a vibrato?

7/8

Q8.What is a crushed note?

8/8

Lesson summary: How are instruments used to communicate the blues tradition?

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