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The Blues: An American Art Form, Part 2

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Day 46

1. Watch the video about progressions in “Mr. PC”.

Day 47

1. Watch the video about pentatonic voicings.

Day 48

1. Watch the video about progression in “Mr. Day.”

Day 49

1. Watch the video about voice-leading principles in pentatonic voicings.

Day 50

1. Watch the video about practical exercises. Can you try any of them?

Day 51

1. Watch the video analyzing the progression in “Isotope.”

Day 52

1. Watch the video about the drop-two voicing technique.

Day 53

1. Watch the introduction to the next section and “half past nine.”

Day 54

1. Watch the video about the techniques of motivic improvisation.

Day 55

1. Watch the video about motivic improvisation.

Day 56

1. Listen to the play along session with “Now’s the Time” progression.

Day 57

1. Watch the video about guide tone improvisation in Billie’s Dance.

Day 58

1. Watch the video about guide-tone improvisation.

Day 59

1. Watch the video demonstration of guide tone improvisation.
2. Watch the play along session with “Billie’s Bounce.”

Day 60

1. Watch the “Birdie’s Song” video.

Day 61

1. Watch the video about chordal arpeggiation.

Day 62

1. Watch the video about arpeggiation of 4 part chords.

Day 63

1. Watch the video about 5 part chords.

Day 64

1. Watch the video about 5 part chord demonstration.

Day 65

1. Watch the play along session of “Blues for Alice.”

Day 66

1. Watch the video about diatonic and chromatic modes.

Day 67

1. Watch the video about modal categories.

Day 68

1. Watch the video about characteristic triads and practice tips.

Day 69

1. Watch the video about minor blues and “Sea Blues” improvisation.

Day 70

1. Watch the video with the “Mr. PC” play along session.

Day 71

1. Watch the video introduction to pentatonics.

Day 72

1. Watch the video about Sus7 blues improvisation.

Day 73

1. Watch the “Sus Blues” play along session.

Day 74

1. Watch the introduction to scalar patterns.

Day 75

1. Watch the “Top Set” scalar patterns.

Day 76

1. Watch the “Isotope” play along session.
2. Watch the conclusion.

Day 77

1. Today just listen to your favorite blues music. Tomorrow we will be starting an end of year project.

Day 78*

1. You are going to begin your end of year project today. It is going to be a poster-sized lapbook that shows what you have learned this year! Print out your lapbook pieces for today.
2. Write at least two sentences inside each piece about work songs and field hollers. Be sure to explain the difference between them!
3. Link to field holler information, link to work song information.

Day 79*

1. Print today’s lapbook pieces and add at least two sentences inside each. (Only write about the beginning of the blues on this piece.)
2. Here is information about spirituals. Here is information about the blues.

Day 80*

1. Print today’s lapbook pieces and add at least two sentences inside each.
2. Here is information about rural blues (also called country blues.
3. Here is information about delta blues.

Day 81*

1. Print today’s lapbook pieces and add at least two sentences inside each.
2. Here is information about Memphis blues.
3. Here is information about Texas blues.

Day 82*

1. Print today’s lapbook pieces and add at least two sentences inside each.
2. Here is information about urban blues.
3. Here is information about Chicago blues.

Day 83*

1. Print today’s lapbook pieces and add at least two sentences inside each.
2. Here is information about Boogie Woogie
3. Here is information about jump blues.

Day 84*

1. Print today’s lapbook pieces and add at least two sentences inside each.
2. Here is information about Big Bands
3. Here is information about Rhythm and Blues.

Day 85*

1. Print today’s lapbook pieces and add at least two sentences inside each.
2. Here is information about Electric Blues
3. Here is information about Rock and Roll.

Day 86*

1. Print today’s lapbook pieces and write at least two sentences inside each. If it applies, be sure to write what kind of blues each artist performed!
2. Here is information about Charley Patton.
3. Here is information about Blind Blake.
4. Here is information about Lonnie Johnson.

Day 87*

1. Print today’s lapbook pieces and write at least two sentences inside each. If it applies, be sure to write what kind of blues each artist performed!
2. Here is information about Muddy Waters.
3. Here is information about B.B. King.
4. Here is information about T-Bone Walker.

Day 88*

1. Print today’s lapbook pieces and write at least two sentences inside each. If it applies, be sure to write what kind of blues each artist performed!
2. Here is information about Bessie Smith.
3. Here is information about Son House.
4. Here is information about Howlin’ Wolf.

Day 89*

1. Print today’s lapbook pieces and write at least two sentences inside each. If it applies, be sure to write what kind of blues each artist performed!
2. Here is information about Eric Clapton.
3. Here is information about John Lee Hooker.
4. Here is information about Stevie Ray Vaughan.

Day 90

1. Today you are going to assemble your Blues poster! Use your Blues Family Tree to place your lapbook pieces correctly, then add the artists near the type of blues they are known for. Be sure to give your poster a title!