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A First Book of Blues: 16 Arrangements for the Beginning Pianistby David Dutkanicz
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With these easy-to-play renditions, beginning pianists of all ages can enjoy one of America's most celebrated art forms. Sixteen popular blues melodies include traditional songs such as "St. James Infirmary" and "Careless Love" as well as several numbers by blues giants Jelly Roll Morton and W. C. Handy, including "St. Louis Blues," "Joe Turner Blues," and "The Hesitating Blues."
Students, teachers, and other pianists will find these arrangements much simpler and more melodic than other versions. The selections include suggestions for fingering and are arranged in order of increasing difficulty. Introductory material by editor David Dutkanicz offers helpful explanations of the melodic and rhythmic theory behind the blues.
This compilation introduces beginning pianists of all ages to 16 easy-to-play renditions of popular blues melodies, including traditional works as well as several numbers by Jelly Roll Morton, W. C. Handy, and others.
Table of Contents
The Blues Scale
Down Home Blues, Tom Delaney (18891963)
Outta Bed Blues, Traditional
Crazy Blues, Perry Bradford (18831970)
St. James Infirmary, Traditional
Weary Blues, Artie Mathews (18881958)
St. Louis Blues, W. C. Handy (18731958)
Yellow Dog Blues, W. C. Handy (18731958)
Joe Turner Blues, W. C. Handy (18731958)
Careless Love, Traditional
Arkansas Blues, Anton Lada (c.18901944) & Spencer Williams (18891965)
The Hesitating Blues, W. C. Handy (18731958)
Beale Street Blues, W. C. Handy (18731958)
Royal Garden Blues, Spencer Williams (18891965) & Clarence Williams (18981965)
Jelly Roll Blues, Ferdinand "Jelly Roll" Morton (18851941)
Memphis Blues, W. C. Handy (18731958)
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