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Mississippi Blues Trail Resources

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Credit: Archival audio and video clips courtesy the Association for Cultural Equity / Alan Lomax Archive

1 music

Lesson 1: Blues Basics

Field Hollers and Work Songs
Unaccompanied Holler
Individual Holler / Work Song
Group Work Song

Lesson 2: Singing and Playing the Blues

Melody and Harmony
C-Major Scales
Chromatic Scales
Blues Scale
Examples of Mississippi Blues
Improvisation Using Blues Scale Notes
Triads and Chords
Illustrations of the 12-bar Blues

Lesson 3: Instruments of the Blues

Spirituals
Blues Ballads
Diddley Bow/One-string Guitar
Acoustic Guitar
Acoustic Guitar with Slide
Electric Guitar
Harmonica
Piano
Fife and Drum Band
Bones/Spoons/Sticks
Jug

2 meaning

Lesson 1: Themes of the Blues

Sacred and Secular Music

Lesson 2: Emotions of the Blues

Lesson 3: Women and the Blues

3 cotton

Lesson 2: Vocabulary

4 transportation

Lesson 1: The Mississippi River

Lesson 2: Trains

Lesson 3: Highways and Automobiles

5 civil rights

Lesson 1: General Complaints

Lesson 2: Political Lyrics

6 media

Lesson 1: Early Years of the Blues

Lesson 2: Recording the Blues

Lesson 3: Radio and the Blues

Credit: Archival audio and video clips courtesy the Association for Cultural Equity / Alan Lomax Archive

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