Lesson 1: Learning “Good Morning Blues”
Sing “Good Morning Blues”
Listen to “Good Morning Blues,” Track 31.
Learn the chorus to “Good Morning Blues” using Track 32.
Learn about Lyrics and the Blues
- The words of a song are called lyrics.
- The blues is a kind of music where the lyrics are often sad or about hard times. However, it’s important to understand the difference between having the blues and singing or playing the blues, since many blues tunes leave us with a happy feeling. Singing the blues implies that even though we all have hard things to deal with in life, you’re capable of continuing on in the face of misfortune—and expressing yourself with style!
- What does it mean when someone says they’ve got the blues?
- One way to think about blues music is to imagine that singing the blues is like taking medicine. If you want to get rid of feeling the blues, you need to sing the blues.
- Listen to “Good Morning Blues,” Track 32, and talk about the lyrics.
- Have you ever woken up with the blues? Did you ever wake up in the middle of the night with the blues?
- In this song, Eric has the blues at night and again in the morning. But instead of being mad or sad about it, he treats the blues like a friend — saying “Good morning!” instead of “Go away!”
- If you were friends with the blues, what would you talk about?
Discover the Blues Scale
- Review the concept of scale that we learned with Falu in Unit 1 / Lesson 2.
- A scale is a set of musical pitches that are used to build the melody of a song.
- Like the scale used in Falu’s song “Allahoo,” the blues scale has pitches that may sound different than the major scale used in Western music. However, the blues scale is the foudnation for many, if not all, genres of popular music.
- Listen to the major scale below, Track 33.
- Then listen to the blues scale that starts on the same pitch (Track 34). Practice singing the blues scale on the syllable “la” until it feels familiar.
- Experiment with the blues scale by using call and response with Eric below. First, try to sing exactly what he sings. Then, try to make up your own melody using the notes of the blues scale!
Unit 4: Call and Response with Eric – Savannah Music Festival Musical Explorers from Savannah Music Festival on Vimeo.
Explore Blue Notes
- Blue notes are notes in between the notes of a blues scale. They are hard to notate on the musical staff, but we can hear them in blues musicians’ playing and singing.
- Blue notes are one way that a musician adds feeling to a song.
- Listen to Eric play “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star” (Track 35.) Then, listen to him play a blues version of the song, Track 36.
- Do you notice any blue notes in his singing?
Musical Word Wall
Add the words blue notes, blues scale, and lyrics to the Musical Word Wall.
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