Commentary on Microtonal Analysis of "Blue Notes" and the Blues Scale by Court B. Cutting

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  • Martin Pfleiderer Department for Musicology, Music University Franz Liszt Weimar

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.18061/emr.v13i1-2.6595

Abstract

This commentary relates to the target paper by Cutting on the microtonal analysis of pitches in the vocal lines of fifteen blues recordings. After relating Cutting's study to Jeff Todd Titon's Early Downhome Blues, some of its merits and shortcomings are discussed. Finally, it is suggested to surpass the study of an abstract blues scale with research on blues modes, including characteristic ornamentations such as glides as well as typically employed patterns that specify certain blues songs or song types.

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2019-01-17

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Commentaries