Rhythm & Blues and Rock ‘n’ Roll

In this post, Brian Jump explores the history of rhythm & blues and rock ‘n’ roll. He covers exciting musicians like Ike Turner, Ray Charles, and Elvis Presley, and explains their crucial contributions to the evolution of both styles. Also included are listening suggestions, video links, and study questions.

Music on Earth

This post offers a broad view of humanity’s musical customs. It explores the evidence for prehistoric music making, and it explains how music got passed down through the ages. The world’s musical traditions are also explored, as are the earliest efforts to notate music.

The Devices and the Voices

This post covers jazz timbre, jazz ensembles, and the theory of jazz sound. Common instruments are described, like trumpet, piano, and saxophone, and common techniques are defined like syncopation, swing, and call-and-response. Also covered is jazz’s peculiar take on melody and its proclivity to use blue notes and blues scales.

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