Blues

A bearded man in a hat playing the guitar with bokeh effect in the background. Photo by Austin Neill on Unsplash.

Blues is the name given to both a musical form and a music genre that originated in :African-American communities of primarily the “Deep South” of the United States around the end of the 19th century from spirituals, work songs, field hollers, shouts and chants, and rhymed simple narrative ballads. The blues form, ubiquitous in jazz, rhythm and blues, and rock and roll is characterized by specific chord progressions, of which the twelve-bar blues chord progression is the most common.