Exploring Blues Music
The blues scale is a set of notes that musicians use to create blues melodies. Try improvising on these notes, and you're bound to create something cool!
The 12-bar blues chord progression is a consistent, predictable pattern of chords. Why might the blues have developed such a predictable pattern of chords?
Blues music was played by many musicians before it was ever written down. The successful composer W. C. Handy wrote down blues chord progressions for the first time. He composed many early blues pieces, such as the St. Louis Blues. He earned the nickname, "Father of the Blues."
Want to explore more blues songs that reveal moments of United States History? Here are some to explore: