Encyclopedia of the Blues by Gérard Herzhaft, translated from the French by Brigitte Debord (review)

Encyclopedia of the Blues by Gérard Herzhaft, translated from the French by Brigitte Debord (University of Arkansas Press, 1997)

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Encyclopedia of the Blues by Gérard Herzhaft, translated from the French by Brigitte Debord (review)

by Clyde Edgerton
Southern Cultures, Vol. 4, No. 4: The South in the World

University of Arkansas Press, 1997

Although the book under review does not speak of music notation or scales, I’d like for you to consider a C major scale on the piano: C, D, E, F, G, A, B, C- all white notes. Now start over. Skip the D and E, but add the black note between them, an E flat. Add the black note between F and G. Skip A and B, adding the black note between them. Now the scale looks like this: C, E flat, F, G flat, G, B flat, C.