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The Blues

Understanding and Performing an American Art Form

The blues is an American art form and the most important musical form in jazz. Although there are other formal paradigms of the blues, such as 8-bar or 16-bar, this course focuses on different incarnations of the 12-bar blues. There are considerable differences between Early Jazz blues, Swing blues, Bebop blues, Modal blues, and Post Bop blues. Each type has its unique harmonic syntax, melodic vocabulary and, associated with them, improvisational techniques. While other aspects of jazz performance practice have been constantly changing from one stylistic convention to another, the blues has never lost its identity and expressive power, and continues to exert a powerful influence on the harmonic and melodic syntax of jazz. This seven-week course explores important aspects of the blues, blues improvisation, basic keyboard textures, jazz harmonic and melodic syntax. Topics include: (1) Blues Progressions; (2) Blues and Other Scales; (3) Improvisational Tools, and others. This course will also cover valuable theoretical concepts enabling the student to master the art of jazz improvisation. Each topic will be introduced from a practical perspective with the clearly stated goal: to improve one’s improvisational skills. Jazz improvisation is rooted in spontaneity, creativity, self-expression and, at the same time, self-control and order. A unique pedagogical approach based on a one-to-one musical interaction conducted with different instrumentalists will help to reinforce many of the concepts introduced in this course and realize its stated objectives.

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Rating 4.8 based on 138 ratings
Length 8 weeks
Effort 7 weeks of study, 1-2 hours/week
Starts Apr 29 (4 weeks ago)
Cost $49
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Instructor Dariusz Terefenko
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Language English
Subjects Art & Design Humanities
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Dariusz Terefenko's demonstrations and explanations helped me better understand the theory and mechanics behind the progressions and improvisations.

Thank you, Professor Dariusz Terefenko!

Dariusz Terefenko is a great pedagogue.

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Professor Dariusz Terefenko is a great teacher and also a great player.

I would like to express my biggest appreciation to Prof. Dariusz Terefenko and all fellow-musicians joined in this course.

Thanks to Mr. Dariusz Terefenko for his meticulous preparation of the course, his generosity in sharing his knowledge and for thinking ahead to prepare backing tracks for the student.

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Fantastic introduction to the blues and to music theory.

I have a strong background studying classical, 20th century and modern music theory techniques, and that was the only reason I was able to finish this course.

A great deep dive into all the theory behind the blues, the various harmonizations and the music theory behind them, as well as a number of great concrete examples of song analysis, composition and improvisation.

I am a self-taught amateur musician, and this course really helped me see the underlying connections amongst the various music theory concepts, especially those pertaining to harmony and improvisation, that I have tried to learn on my own.

Very well explained, step by step, increasing difficulty and suitable for different levels of music theory knowledge.

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Rating 4.8 based on 138 ratings
Length 8 weeks
Effort 7 weeks of study, 1-2 hours/week
Starts Apr 29 (4 weeks ago)
Cost $49
From University of Rochester via Coursera
Instructor Dariusz Terefenko
Download Videos On all desktop and mobile devices
Language English
Subjects Art & Design Humanities
Tags Arts And Humanities Music And Art

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