Tag: a conversation with the blues

Dive into the history, legacy, and musical forms of the blues with our collection of blues Flypaper articles. To explore deeper, check out Soundfly’s free blues course taught by Princeton University music director, Vince DiMura, A Conversation with the Blues.

  • The Lyrical Genius of Chuck Berry

    The Lyrical Genius of Chuck Berry

    In this Guest OpEd, we explore the plethora of ways Chuck Berry tackled race and societal issues with humor and relatability in his lyrics.

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  • 4 Great Nicknames in Blues History

    4 Great Nicknames in Blues History

    Read the stories of four of our favorite American blues musicians to see how they ended up with some of the best nicknames of all time.

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  • Shoutin’ Out: A Crash Course on Blues Shouting

    Shoutin’ Out: A Crash Course on Blues Shouting

    A closer look at the tradition of “blues shouting” in the early 1930s and ’40s, which helped inspire the creation of rock ‘n’ roll out of jazz and gospel.

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  • 7 Incredible Forgotten Names in Delta Blues

    7 Incredible Forgotten Names in Delta Blues

    Get to know some of the forgotten legends of an already-legendary American genre of music, the blues, in this historical deep dive into obscurity.

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  • That Time Keith Richards Found Muddy Waters Painting the Ceiling at Chess Studios

    That Time Keith Richards Found Muddy Waters Painting the Ceiling at Chess Studios

    55 years ago today, the Rolling Stones released their “5×5” EP, the recording session in which they serendipitously met their blues idol, Muddy Waters.

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  • 5 Pedals Ideal for Playing Blues Guitar

    5 Pedals Ideal for Playing Blues Guitar

    Looking to infuse your guitar playing with the whining, whimpering and screaming tones of your blues heroes? Here’s a tonal menagerie of pedals to help!

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  • The Differences Between Cajun and Zydeco Music

    The Differences Between Cajun and Zydeco Music

    + Welcome to Soundfly! We help curious musicians meet their goals with creative online courses. Whatever you want to learn, whenever you need to learn it. Subscribe now to start learning on the ’Fly. Colin Woodard’s book, American Nations: A History of the Eleven Rivan Regional Cultures of North America, identifies a number of distinct cultures that have historically spread across and divided […]

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  • John Coltrane and the Economy of the Blues

    John Coltrane and the Economy of the Blues

    Coltrane pioneered a new language in jazz harmony, rooted in some pretty basic blues progressions, but with his own added twist. Watch our video to explore!

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  • Getting to Know Your Reverends of Song

    Getting to Know Your Reverends of Song

    There’s really no arguing that the church has produced many of the most significant contributions to music’s development throughout history. It’s both inspired and financed so many great orchestral and choral composers, from Mozart and Beethoven to Haydn and Verdi, without whose work there would be an unimaginable void in human culture. Even despite the […]

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  • Thelonious Monk and Harnessing Dissonance

    Thelonious Monk and Harnessing Dissonance

    + Bridge the worlds of theory, improvisation, and jazzy hip-hop, and improve your piano chops with Grammy-winner Kiefer in his course, Kiefer: Keys, Chords, & Beats. Today, Thelonious Monk (1917-1982) would have been 100 years old. Happy birthday, brother! To celebrate a century of Monk, here’s a video from our free course exploring the roots and musical extensions […]

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