About the blues

As a vocal and instrumental music form, he has been developed in the US African American Society around the turn of the century 1900 and related to the genres of Jazz, Rock, Rock’n’Roll and Soul. Nevertheless, he is the basis of North American music. Everything leads back to the blues, even hip hop. But also in Germany, the Blueesszene is strongly pronounced.

Blueschema and the Blue Note

The standard construction of twelve clocks and a melody with three chords forms the BlueSchema. Therefore, by this basis, he offers musicians a great way to spontaneously Jammen together, without having to have rehearsed or played together. To explain the BlueSton ladder is briefly torn that the so-called Blue Note consists of two tones: a sound between small and large third and one between the reduced and pure quinte, which relate to the root tone each. The little septime is not a blue note.

Have the blues

I’ve Got The Blues’ or ‘I Feel Blue’ is an expression of the grief and is in contrast to the lively, danceable music. Topics such as crimes, financial distress, uncovered love or conceivable are often sung in subjective texts and are based on real experiments of the artists.

Clarinet, Banjo, Tuba or Jug

Instruments are not fixed. Clarinet, Banjo, Tuba or Jug – They all have already been played to blues. But because the guitar is an affordable instrument whose design defies the wet-hot south of the USA, she has prevailed as a regular instrument. She is happy to accompany her by a harmonica, which is equally mobile.

John Lee Hooker, Muddy Waters and Howlin ‘Wolf are popular representatives of this genre in the 1940s and 1950s. Her tradition was continued by artists like Buddy Guy, Jack White or The Black Keys. But how did the blues came to Germany?

The blues in Germany

First blues groups founded at the end of the 1950s. Inspired by the English, for example Eric Clapton, swapped the wave over and developed in the early 1970s Bluesgroups and Bluesmen as the Frankfurt City Blues Band, the Third Ear, Blues Company, Martin Philippi, Gerhard Strainbarth and Richard Bargel.

Applicants of American Bluesbands in Germany starred the euphoria, so that small record companies could form, for example, the ornament label of Siegfried Christmann.

The Bluesmagazin Magazin Blues Forum, which was released at the end of the 1970s, the German Blues Circle and regional bluesfestivals in Lahnstein, Unna, Leverkusen and Bremen continue the Blueuuphorie. Plate companies like Crosscut Records, Document and Stumble Records were stambed out of the ground. These successes did not hide the American bluesters so that artists like Champion Jack Dupree, Louisiana Reed, Gary Wiggins and Christian Rannerberg traveled to Germany. Added to this was the enthusiasm for Boogie Woogie, represented by Toby Fichelscher and Leopold by Knobelsdorff with the Boogie Woogie Company in Cologne.

Today blues musicians like Thomas Feldmann, Dieter Kropp or Klaus "Mojo" Kilian of their passion, and not least called the German Blues Award, who will be awarded annually at the Open Blues Challenge.