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The Blues (Grade 9)

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The Blues

Blind Lemon Jefferson taught himself to play guitar and is best known for stretching the blues form to suit his needs.
  1. True
  2. False
Charley Patton influenced many modern musicians such as Tiny Tim and Heavy D.
  1. True
  2. False
Robert Johnson was credited with reinventing the blues before he passed away at a very young age.
  1. True
  2. False
Huddie Leadbelly Ledbetter helped influence Charley Patton's style of playing the blues.
  1. True
  2. False
What man considered himself the "Father of the Blues?"
  1. Memphis Minnie
  2. Louis Armstrong
  3. Charlie Parker
  4. W.C. Handy
In which geographic region were the blues "created."
  1. Great Plains
  2. Rocky Mountains
  3. Mississippi Delta
  4. Pacific Northwest
The blues often uses a rhythm called the                     .
As one of the most recorded blues songs,                                     , was said to have "jump-started" the blues.
In               , Charley Patton was inducted into the                                                                     .
Due to short lyrics and the form of blues, there is a lot of room for musicians to                         .
A                          is a lowered note that is part of the trademark sound of the blues.
In the blues, the                                    controls the tone or mood of a song, not the lyrics.
It was not uncommon for Patton to perform with his guitar:

Charley Patton, in addition to being a bluesman of the highest caliber, may also be termed the

What are two basic ideas behind the blues?
  1. Song and dance
  2. Breath and life
  3. Dance and silence
  4. Life and song
What is the basic form of the lyrics in the blues?
  1. AAB
  2. ABA
  3. ABB
  4. AAA
These two continents served as a base for the blues.
  1. Australia & Asia
  2. South America & Africa
  3. Europe & Antarctica
  4. Africa & Europe
What is the purpose of the blues?
  1. Self-therapy
  2. To lose the blues
  3. To tell your story
  4. All of the above
Big Bill Broonzy was a major Chicago blues influence and never left Chicago after establishing himself there.
  1. True
  2. False
What is the most common chord progression of the blues?

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