What is a blues 'head'?

In this lesson, we will look at how a main melody or theme is used in blues music and learn how to play a very famous 'head'.

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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.When West African people were transported to North America, what did they bring with them?

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Q2.Name a famous song by this rock and roll artist Little Richard.

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Q3.Which parts of the drumkit did we recreate using chair drumming?

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Q4.How is a walking bass line created from chords?

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Q5.What is this rhythm called?

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Q6.If you are playing a 12 bar blues in G what would the I, IV, and V chords be?

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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:

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.When West African people were transported to North America, what did they bring with them?

1/6

Q2.Name a famous song by this rock and roll artist Little Richard.

2/6

Q3.Which parts of the drumkit did we recreate using chair drumming?

3/6

Q4.How is a walking bass line created from chords?

4/6

Q5.What is this rhythm called?

5/6

Q6.If you are playing a 12 bar blues in G what would the I, IV, and V chords be?

6/6

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Quiz:

What is a blues 'head'?

Here is your opportunity to show everything you have learned about blues head arrangements and melodies. Make sure you read the questions carefully.

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

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Q2.Which instrument did blues artist Milt Jackson play?

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Q3.What is a blues 'head'?

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Q4.How many bars is the "Bags' Groove" head?

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Q5.If in "Bags' Groove" the head was originally played by the vibraphone, which instruments would play the accompaniment?

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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:

What is a blues 'head'?

Here is your opportunity to show everything you have learned about blues head arrangements and melodies. Make sure you read the questions carefully.

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

1/5

Q2.Which instrument did blues artist Milt Jackson play?

2/5

Q3.What is a blues 'head'?

3/5

Q4.How many bars is the "Bags' Groove" head?

4/5

Q5.If in "Bags' Groove" the head was originally played by the vibraphone, which instruments would play the accompaniment?

5/5

Lesson summary: What is a blues 'head'?

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Time to move!

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