Intro to Blues



TERM 1, 2022

INSTRUCTOR: Eryk Fisher (bio)
TIME: Wed – 10am, In-person only
LEVEL: Intro

To paraphrase Charlie McCoy… Have you ever had the blues? Everyone has from time to time. Blues is a feeling that can get you no matter who you are or where you are from. Ever since folks have learned to play music and sing, they have been expressing their feelings in song. There are as many types of blues as there are types of people. Willie Dixon, Jimmie Rodgers, Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong, Etta James, Hank Williams, Patsy Cline, Woody Guthrie and Little Walter all played and sang the blues.

Everybody understands the blues!

This term we are going to introduce a variety of blues songs and their structure and develop new ways that we can play along to these songs. We will work on developing our ears to help guide us through a song’s chord progressions. The major & minor pentatonic scales will be reviewed and discussed for both instruments. Song structures we’ll learn are 8-bar, 12-bar and 16-bar blues. And, we’ll discuss the blues scale and 7th chords.

This class is an in-person class only. No computer capabilities are available.