The blues, like everything with stunning success, has been an underground music trend for decades. It is understandable, because the White Society could not accept the music of African-Americans working on plantations, and even listen to them was shameful. Such music was considered radical and even calling for violence. The hypocrisy of society took place only in the 20s of the last century. The history of blues, like its creators, is negative and depressive. And, just like longing, the blues is simple to genius. Many performers engaged in heavy physical labor until death, they were vagabonds, and had odd jobs.
That is how most of the black population of the United States lived in the early twentieth century. Such free musicians, who left the brightest mark in the history of blues, include Haddy “Ledbelly” Ledbetter and Blind Lemon Jefferson. Continue reading
So, the structure of chords is a topic that we will develop today. And, first of all, let’s turn to the definition of a chord, specify what it is. A chord is a consonance, a sound complex. In a chord, at least three sounds should be sounded at once or one after another, because harmonies in which only two sounds are called differently are intervals. And yet, the classic definition of a chord says that the sounds of a chord are either already arranged in thirds, or they can be arranged in thirds when rearranged.
This last point, just, is directly related to the structure of the chord. Since modern harmony has gone far ahead of the standards established by the music of classical composers, this last remark about the arrangement of sounds by chords in a chord is not applicable to some modern chords, since their structure is based on a different principle for constructing a chord. Continue reading
Today’s post is devoted to the topic – the main musical genres. To begin with, let’s decide what we will consider the musical genre. After that, genres proper will be named, and in the end you will learn not to confuse the “genre” with other phenomena in music. So, the word “genre” is of French origin and from this language it is usually translated as “species” or genus. Consequently, a musical genre is a kind or, if you like, a kind of musical composition. No more and no less.
WHAT DO MUSICAL GENRES BETWEEN BETWEEN YOURSELF?
But how does one genre differ from another? Of course, not just the name. Remember the four main parameters that help to identify a particular genre and not confuse it with any other, similar type of composition. These are: a type of artistic and musical content; style features of this genre; the life purpose of the works of this genre and their role in society; conditions in which it is possible to perform and listen to (view) a musical work of a particular genre. Continue reading