Music-The Story of the Blues

Ref: C3528447

Everyone knows what is meant by a song sounding "bluesy". But it's a little harder to answer the question; "yes - but why?". Through his own singing and playing, early recordings, historic photographs and testimonies, Andrew will explore the extraordinary social history which brought about this strange and influential music: then help students to understand how - through a hundred years of marginalisation and prejudice - it has not only survived, but become one of the major influences on so many forms of modern music.

Additional information about this course

Non SFA No fee remittance

Course aim

The course will help students to understand the nature and origins of what we think of as “blues music”, and to appreciate the influence it has had on contemporary music.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Identify the elements which make up the “blues” sound; both in blues music of all eras, and other contemporary music styles
  • Understand the origins of blues music
  • Understand the social conditions which influenced the development of blues music
  • Identify various forms of blues, to be able to identify the likely location and period
  • Know where to find examples of the music, and further reading and listening

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

What can I do next?

  • There are no formal "next steps", but it is hoped that what is learned on this course will lead to a much deeper appreciation of so many forms of popular music, and perhaps find ways of learning more.

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Music-The Story of the Blues

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