Explain the difference between spirituals, the blues, and ragtime.
spiritual, a religious folk song folk song, music of anonymous composition, transmitted orally. The theory that folk songs were originally group compositions has been modified in recent studies.
..... Click the link for more information. [ of American origin, particularly associated with African-American Protestants of the southern United States. The African-American spiritual, characterized by
syncopation, polyrhythmic structure, and the pentatonic scale of five whole tones, is, above all, a deeply emotional song. The words are most often related to biblical passages, but the predominant effect is of patient, profound melancholy. The spiritual is directly related to the sorrow songs that were the source material of the blues. Blues is based around the 1, 4, and 5 chords (usually all with dominant 7's, a half-step lower than the major seven... this breaks away from classical theory by crossing between modes), and what makes the real "bluesy" sound in a blues solo is that there is a mix between the major and minor sounds... It's major difference from ragtime and jazz is that there is not as much classical theory* involved.
Ragtime is a precursor to jazz and is sometimes even thought of as classical, it follows the classical theory more strictly than jazz... It's where the idea of swing 8th's really started to take hold, but I really don't know very much about it other than that.
Jazz comes directly from classical theory, and most great jazz musicians have a solid understanding of classical theory, but the point of jazz is really to experiment with ideas that break away from classical theory and see how they sound (usually going for outstandingly "groovy", "funky" sounds) and resolve... Improvisation is what makes jazz "jazz", and what makes jazz interesting and enjoyable. ]
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