How do you identify blues music?

4 Answers

  1. Make use of the blues scale.
  2. Have simple arrangements centred around guitar, piano, and voice.
  3. use fairly simple chord progressions, most typically the 12-bar blues chord progression.
  4. lyrically, emphasise themes of hardship and struggle.

What is the rhythm of blues?

Definition of rhythm and blues : popular music typically including elements of blues and African American folk music and marked by a strong beat and simple chord structure.

What is the difference between blues and rhythm and blues?

Fast answer: R&B is usually upbeat, with funky rhythm and/or energetic. Blues is usually slower, has a more even rhythm and a bit more (if not a lot more) mournful.

What are the three basic approaches to blues rhythm guitar?

There are three basic approaches to blues rhythm guitar: shuffle patterns, single-note motifs and comping (straight-up chordal accompaniment). The first is the shuffle pattern. Played by boogie-woogie piano players and later appropriated by Robert Johnson, the shuffle pattern is in its most basic form a series of alternating 5ths and 6ths.

What is two-beat blues guitar?

Blues guitarists actually borrowed the two-beat rhythm pattern (also known as cut time or cut shuffle) from Dixieland and Jazz. Two-beat blues is very lively unlike slower blues songs, and have a characteristic base note-chord pattern to to them, where you play the base note than the rest of the chord.

How to play the rhythm riff in the G Blues?

To begin, you learn the shapes used to create the rhythm riff in the G blues study below. Start by playing up and down these shapes in each key to become familiar with how they sit on the fretboard. Use only your index and ring fingers to play these notes, no need to use your pinky here, as it’s your weakest finger.

Why take a rhythm blues lesson?

Because of this, you need to make sure you’re prepared with enough riffs and chords to be creative and interactive with your rhythm blues playing. This lesson helps you move beyond open and barre chords, as well as teaches you an essential blues rhythm riff to add to your blues playing.