Blues Rock Origins, the Birth of a Legendary Genre – Pt. 2

Although both blues and rock have shared common characteristics throughout history, blues-rock is a distinct genre whose birth dates back to the 1960s and still captivates fans around the world. This genre, originally British, was developed with the formation of musical groups by artists such as Alexis Korner and John Mayall, and several bands such as Free, Savoy Brown and the initial formations of Fleetwood Mac; and other American interpreters such as Johnny Winter, Paul Butterfield, and Canned Heat that also were pioneers of this genre. Jimi Hendrix, with his revolutionary and innovative musical style when it comes to playing...

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Blues Rock Origins, the Birth of a Legendary Genre – Pt. 1

Blues-rock is a music genre that emerged in England in the 60s, when blues was languishing in the United States. This last genre was the source of inspiration for almost every British band of the time. Although blues lovers didn’t agree with the use of electric guitars, the power of that -relatively- new instrument excited musicians such as Sir Eric Clapton and Mark Taylor, who later on joined the mythical band, The Rolling Stones. As rock became more psychedelic, it moved away from its root: blues. But even Jimmy Page, of Led Zeppelin, recognized that in 1968 many of his...

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Jazz Music: Rhythm, Harmony, and Melody

Jazz is a remarkably dynamic musical art. At the beginning of the 20th century it began to bear its first fruits, only half a century later, just after the mid-50s, it had already covered a very wide range of styles, quite different from each other, although all of them were based on new musical parameters, in an unleashed musical creativity and the amazing technique of its protagonists. Let's analyze some of its musical parameters, such as rhythm, melody, and harmony. Rhythm The uniqueness of rhythm in jazz derives from two main sources: that the musicians call "swing" and the concept...

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