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When people from Australia or Japan or Italy say, 'Oh, I love the blues,' they're not talking about the Southwest blues styles, the Georgia 12-string players, ragtime Piedmont styles or whatever. It's the Delta blues. If you say, 'Who do you like?' they'll name Robert Johnson, Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker, Howlin' Wolf, Son House - Dick Waterman, to Francis Davis, quoted in Davis' book

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Offline davet

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Greetings

I am undertaking a little research into the earliest sheet music that included a blues pattern. I have got back as far as back as 1904. there is a ragtime piece called 'One O them things?' which has a blues pattern in it. I found it in an essay by Ray Dessy.

Any comments, information would be much appreciated.

best wishes
DaveT
« Last Edit: December 24, 2019, 09:30:35 AM by davet »

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Re: I am looking for the earliest record of blues patterns in sheet music.
« Reply #1 on: December 24, 2019, 09:52:58 AM »
Hi davet
What do you mean by a "blues pattern"?
All best,
Johnm

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Re: I am looking for the earliest record of blues patterns in sheet music.
« Reply #2 on: December 26, 2019, 05:42:39 AM »
Hi Dave,

There's a very interesting book called Long Lost Blues: Popular Blues in America, 1850-1920 that came out several years back. He traces the blues prior to the recording era with a particular focus on sheet music.

https://www.press.uillinois.edu/books/catalog/32ykh8wx9780252034879.html




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Re: I am looking for the earliest record of blues patterns in sheet music.
« Reply #3 on: December 29, 2019, 06:29:09 AM »
Thank you both for responding to my query.

John
I started to write "12 bar pattern" and then stopped because the illustrious members of this site would have gently reminded me that blues also comes in a variety of other packages (eight, four bar and other configurations). Thanks for nudging me to provide more detail.

Jeff
Thanks for the reference. The book looks like it covers what I am looking for. I have ordered a copy.

 


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