How do improvisors communicate when performing in a band?

In this lesson, we will consolidate our learning about band musicianship by examining how blues bands communicate with each other. We will learn about what makes a great blues musician and improviser, and how to improvise our own phrases within a structure.

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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 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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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 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

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How do improvisers communicate when performing in a band?

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Q1.What is improvising?

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Q2.What should you do to communicate when playing in a band?

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Q3.In blues, how do you decide what pitches to improvise with?

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Q4.Which pitches are heard in the G major blues scale?

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Q5.When do you improvise in "Bags' Groove"?

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Q6.Choose the correct option for the 12 bar blues.

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Q7.What is a turnaround?

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Q8.How do blues players know how to improvise in C jam blues?

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Q9.What is a typical head arrangement structure?

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Q10.What two pitches are used in the melody of C Jam Blues?

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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 do improvisers communicate when performing in a band?

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

Q1.What is improvising?

1/10

Q2.What should you do to communicate when playing in a band?

2/10

Q3.In blues, how do you decide what pitches to improvise with?

3/10

Q4.Which pitches are heard in the G major blues scale?

4/10

Q5.When do you improvise in "Bags' Groove"?

5/10

Q6.Choose the correct option for the 12 bar blues.

6/10

Q7.What is a turnaround?

7/10

Q8.How do blues players know how to improvise in C jam blues?

8/10

Q9.What is a typical head arrangement structure?

9/10

Q10.What two pitches are used in the melody of C Jam Blues?

10/10

Lesson summary: How do improvisors communicate when performing in a band?

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This was the final lesson in the unit Band Musicianship 2: The Blues.

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