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[Aug. 3rd, 2005|02:39 am]
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             Hey, players.

I'd like to bring something to your attention that you've probably not given a lot of thought: The blues patterns.

When you think about it, the patterns used in standard blues charts:  "1,1,1,1,4,4,1,1,5,4,1,1" of the 12-bar, and different variations on it, are very simple.  So is the general pattern of all blues songs I can think of: First a bit of song, then a bit of improvisation.  Then song again, and then more improvisation.  The lines rhyme as well, and follow aabbccdd.

Now, I'm not saying that the fact that the blues is very simple makes it any less valuable - quite the opposite!  If the blues was any more complex than how it is, it wouldn't be able to express what it's well-known for.  It wouldn't be able to express the raw, driving emotion behind the singer's words.

Also, the blues is really where the first instance of improvisation came.  The rags of the early 1900s weren't improvisation at all, just being syncopated piano/instrumental/voice music.  You have to go all the way back to the Baroque era to find improvisation, and that's not syncopated at all.

In any case, I thought this post might get some discussion into this (long-abandoned) usergroup.  Do you agree?  Disagree?  Think I'm a complete moron for even thinking any of what I just wrote?

Thank you for your time,

David "Dagfari" Alexander.

p.s. Try to guess my age...

p.p.s. Lower.

p.p.p.s.  Lower...

p.p.p.p.s. I'm seventeen.