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Bending The Blues

by Kennan, Oliver James Johnson

Abstract

The guitar has developed over the past four centuries. The six-course or six-string guitar was created at the end of the eighteenth century and was the first instrument that looked like a modern guitar. It gained a new life in twentieth-century North America with the invention of amplification and its use in jazz and blues. By the end of the 1900s, the guitar was one of the most popular instruments in the world. Jazz and blues became two of the most unique American styles of music and are cornerstones of American culture today. This essay outlines the roots of jazz, blues, and the electric guitar. It then examines and analyzes the lives and compositions of three blues guitarists, two jazz guitarists, and one contemporary guitarist. This background and analysis provides a context for my recital.

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Includes bibliographical references

Administrative Notes

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Copyright
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Publisher
Colorado College
PID
coccc:7979
Digital Origin
born digital
Extent
15 pages ; Program (2 pages) ; 6 audio files
Thesis
Capstone project -- Colorado College
Thesis Advisor
Thomas Taylor
Department/Program
Music
Degree Name
bachelor
Degree Type
Bachelor of Arts
Degree Grantor
Colorado College
Date Issued
2013