Category Archives: Music History

The Major Scale for Beginners

The Musical Ear & Cultural Mind

Music comes from the heart and the soul. We are born with it and we add to it, all our lives. When we love, our heart sings. When we lose, we sing the blues. The major scale has been one of western culture’s base elements for a thousand years.

You may not realize it but I’m pretty sure you already know a lot about the major scale… Read More

Recognizing A “Blues” Song

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“The blues is life itself” – Billy Gibbons

When we think of a Blues song we think songs from BB King or maybe Robert Johnson. Is the Blues about feeling bad or feeling good? Does it have to be “12-Bar” Blues to be authentic? I like the quote from W.C. Handy, “The blues – the sound of a sinner on revival day.”  Read More