Identify at least three musical characteristics that were essential to early African American music, art & design homework help

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1. Identify at least three musical characteristics that were essential to early African American music. For each of those characteristics, explain how they functioned in slave shouts or ring shouts, and how they functioned in early blues styles or spirituals.

2. Compare/contrast country blues and classic blues: discuss the musical and/or cultural origins of each style, explain three musical characteristics of each style, and identify the relative commercial success of each style. Name two country blues performers and two classic blues performers.

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Music played a traditionally important role in the African culture since it vigorously
represents the African heritage. Early African songs had a various characteristic which included
songs accompanied and unaccompanied by choruses, duets, and solos. The songs were in call
and response form (Sachs, 1961). In this characteristic, it allowed the leader to sing a line and is
answered by a chorus. The songs also had glissandos which are sometimes known as portamento,
slurs, whistle, yodels, and swoops. The characteristics made the songs sound raspy or buzzy
quality. They were also characterized by a scale of four, five six or seven notes melodies. The
melodies interval was small ad they often recurred patterns and descending phrases.
The slavery experience of every individual had transformed the impact on an already
existing body of musical expression. The western considered it primitive a...

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