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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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University of Rochester

Rating 4.8 based on 121 ratings
Length 8 weeks
Effort 7 weeks of study, 1-2 hours/week
Starts Dec 10 (2 days ago)
Cost $49
From University of Rochester via Coursera
Instructor Dariusz Terefenko
Free Limited Content
Language English
Subjects Art & Design Humanities
Tags Arts And Humanities Music And Art

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recommend this course in 5 reviews

I'd definitely recommend this course to someone else and already have!!

The course is nicely put together: packed with theory, practice tips and live examples.I do not hesitate to recommend this course to anyone interested in playing Blues and Jazz.

I love this courser and I strongly recommend this course to everyone who is fascinated in Blues.

I RECOMMEND THIS COURSE FOR STUDENTS ADVANCED AND BEGINNERS.

I recommend this course empahtically for anyone wanting to learn jazz improvisation.

anyone interested in 4 reviews

Recommend it for anyone interested in deepening their knowledge and practice of jazz.

I recommend it to anyone interested in the blues!

Altamente recomendable This is an informative course for anyone interested in improvisation, regardless of your current level of achievement.

so much in 4 reviews

Thank you so much!

Thanks so much to all involved - I found the material to be clearly presented and rich in content.

Thank you so much for this opportunity!

Thank you so much for this great course.

professor dariusz terefenko in 3 reviews

Thank you, Professor Dariusz Terefenko!

What an inspiration Professor Dariusz Terefenko is.

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

my only in 3 reviews

My only remark is that people would benefit more from it if it had some practical homework beyond quizzes and if the material was made available in a nice format.

My only critics is that I did not found any written materials that are used in the lectures.

My only regret is that I didn't find years ago, as I was starting!

really helped in 3 reviews

It really helped me to understand how to grow in my jazz exploration.

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.

Using the historical evolution of the blues as the underlying pedagogic tool is a great idea and really helped my understanding.

Having struggled with some of this material in the past, I found Dariusz explanations really helped me move my comprehension of this subject area along quite dramatically.

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Coursera

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University of Rochester

Rating 4.8 based on 121 ratings
Length 8 weeks
Effort 7 weeks of study, 1-2 hours/week
Starts Dec 10 (2 days ago)
Cost $49
From University of Rochester via Coursera
Instructor Dariusz Terefenko
Free Limited Content
Language English
Subjects Art & Design Humanities
Tags Arts And Humanities Music And Art