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Boogie-woogie is a style of blues, which developed from jazz in the early 1900s.

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Boogie-woogies Boogie-woogie is a style of blues, which developed from jazz in the early 1900s. Most popular during the 30s, boogie-woogie pieces were usually performed on the piano. Most famous for melodic ostinatos in the bass, syncopated rhythms and improvised, decorative melodies, the style tends to be fast in tempo, but simple in structure. Many boogie-woogies follow the famous 12 bar blues chord pattern: C C C C F F C C G F C C The bass line provides a steady, repetitive pattern, whilst the treble builds a melody using the notes of the scale, but flattening the third and seventh note. i.e. when in the key of C, the notes C, D, E flat, F, G, A and B flat are used to build up the melody. This is a one of the most recognisable characteristics of blues music. To identify a blues piece of a boogie-woogie genre, you must explore the bass line. The most popular bass line used is that of the one below: This shows the bass line in the key of C, (when in the key of D, all the notes would be transposed up on tone etc.) Other bass lines are also used, however this is the most typical. Because these bass lines are all very similar, boogie-woogies is often referred to as 'eight-to-the bar', when in fact it is usually in common (4:4) ...read more.


I increased in speed during the piece which is very easy to do when playing boogie-woogie because of the tempo they start at, so if I was to repeat my performance I would practice more with a metronome before hand. Despite these problems, I think my performance went well and I was generally pleased overall with how the performance went. I think the main purpose of arranging this popular piece in a boogie-woogie style was to give the piece a bit more flavour and pizzazz and I think I fulfilled the task of giving the piece that vitality. Comparison of 3 Boogie-Woogie Piano Pieces I will be comparing three pieces of music in the style of boogie-woogie, one of which will be the piece I decided to perform - Meet Frankie and Johnny. The other two pieces I will be comparing are: * Deep Blue Sea Boogie * Old Joe Clark's Boogie I will firstly look at their bass lines. All three pieces have different bass lines, however they all keep the same bass line throughout (with the exception of the use of occasional minims in Deep Blue Sea Boogie), transposing it with chord changes. Each of the bass lines are all made up of bars of two sets of four quavers. ...read more.


Gradually I will add notes that will fit with my bass line and develop these notes into a melody. When in the key of Cm, the notes C, D, E flat, F, G, A and B flat are regularly used to build up a melody. I will try to change the tempo during the piece - making it suddenly faster and slowing down at the very end will sound quite effective. During the first phrase of the composition the texture will be quite thin, and as the piece progresses, the texture will increase - this texture variance is also typical of my genre. Composition: Minor Boogie After having composed my piece I was satisfied with it - I wanted to improve it but couldn't due to lack on time. I wanted my composition to be longer and I wanted to achieve this by extending the ending as my piece ended quite abruptly. I followed my composition brief quite accurately but didn't decide that I would write the piece in a minor key until I had finished the composition brief. I am aware that it is not typical of my chosen genre to write in a minor key, however I wanted to explore a different idea and this made my piece sound more original. I used a typical bass line, which I transposed each time I change the chord: I managed to incorporate the texture ideas I mentioned in the composition brief, which was also typical of my genre. ...read more.

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