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Starter Activity

Recap previous lesson and discussion


about the homework task:
Chords
Comparing blues music
Homework:
Find out the definition of the 12 bar
blues

Lesson Objectives:
Today you will develop your....
Skills by listening to examples of music
that uses the 12 bar blues structure, and
Performing by playing the 12 bar
sequence.
Knowledge of Blues artists and how music
can reflect time, place and culture
Understanding of the 12 bar blues and
how it is used as a framework for the chords

1892 1937
Sometimes referred to as
"The Empress of the
Blues", Smith was the
most popular female
blues singer of the 1920s
and 1930s.
She is often regarded as
one of the greatest
singers of her era, and
along with Louis
Armstrong, a major

Your first task....


Is to listen to the following extracts of
music and try to comment on each
using the following headings:
Time When do you think it was it
written and why? (Early, middle or
Late/Modern Blues)
Place Where do you think it came
from?
Culture Does this music reflect the
culture it originally came from?

12 Bar Blues Structure


1.

2.

/
/

/
1

2
4

3.

/
/

/
3

2
4

4.

/
/

/
3

2
4

G
3

5.

6.

7.

8.

9.

10.

11.

12.

/
/
2
4

/
3

Peer Assessment task


1. I can.........

1. My Partner

can........
Play

the 12 bar Blues Play the 12 bar Blues


with only some
with only some
mistakes
mistakes
Play

the 12 bar Blues Play the 12 bar Blues


with no mistakes
with no mistakes
Play

the 12 bar Blues Play the 12 bar Blues


in time with my partner in time with me

Plenary
Listen to groups of pupils playing the
12 bar blues or perform together as a
class.