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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000313.txt from 2003/06

From: "Bill Semple" <>
Subj: Re: [kl] Keys and their character
Date: Tue, 10 Jun 2003 20:35:19 -0400

I agree with you, depending on how we define "The Blues." It is more than
chord structure . .

>From Mark Levine's Jazz Theory:

"Traditional music theory doesn't explain the blue very well . . . the blues
scale based on C has two minor thirds, a chromatic passing note between F
and G, and consecutive half steps -- intervalic arrangements not found in
major and minor scales . . .

. . .Most blues are 12 bars long, but some blues are longer, or shorter,
and some 12-bar tunes are not blues at all. Why? Because the blues is more
than a musical form; it's a sound, a feeling, and an attitude. These things
can't be conveyed by written notes on the page . . .

Incidentally, for those interested in jazz, one could spend their life with
Levine' book. I've been working through this to bring more life to some of
the swing tunes I play. Improvization takes a ton of work . . .

William T. Semple
Office: 202-364-2466
Home: 540-364-4823
Cell: 540-903-6645
----- Original Message -----
From: "Bill Hausmann" <>
Subject: Re: [kl] Keys and their character

> At 12:24 PM 6/10/2003 -0400, Bill Semple wrote:
> >Then, Dan, explain to me the Blues.
> There are plenty of tunes in blues format and keys that are NOT sad.
> Bill Hausmann
> If you have to mic a saxophone, the rest of the band is TOO LOUD!
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