Later on in the conversation


Blues aab form and abc

Posted on July 23, 2012 at 6:10 PM

I was only familiar with the aab form of the blues. Each letter represents four measures. So you might have heard Jimi Hendrix sing

I might as well go on back down, go back 'cross yonder over the hill.

I might as well go back over yonder way back yonder 'cross the hill, (That's where I come from)

'Cos if my baby don't love me no more, I know her sister will!

Note that for the most part the first two sentences are the same. These are shown as being the letter "a" above. The last line is different, a punchline with different wording than the first two sentences. This difference is represented by the letter "b" as written above.

If you rather get schooled by a class of second graders wielding autoharps, then by all means, avail yourself of the opportunity.

There is also the aaa form. I'm not going to say anything else about that, but you can hear a good example here.

What I wanted to draw your attention to is the possibility of the form being abc. Here each group of four measures is different from the others. It might sound like Charlie Parker is starting with a solo, but that's not the case. Here's another from Parker, same set up: abc form. I can't decide if I find the animated score annoying or engaging. I guess if I have to think about it in order to decide, that pretty well says it all...

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