Rulers of the Blues 12” Ruler

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Rulers of the Blues 12” Ruler

This fun and clever wooden ruler features a list of some of the most renowned blues players and singers. The ruler has inches and centimeters on one side and a list of blues “rulers” on the other.

The blues is an African American music genre that originated in the southern United States around the 1870s. This style of music originated on plantations and draws upon spirituals, work songs, field calls, shouts and chants. Many of its elements, such as call-and-response and a trance-like rhythm, can be traced back to African musical traditions, and its lyrics often express feelings of injustice or a longing for a better life.

William Christopher Handy did not create the blues genre, but he was the first to publish his music, which helped to take the blues from a regional music style to a new level of popularity, earning Handy the moniker Father of the Blues.

The ruler lists each musician’s name and one of their best-known songs. The order of the list is by the year in which that song was published.

The “head” image is of Riley B. “B.B.” King, posing with his guitar, a Gibson semi-hollow body ES-355 named Lucille.

  • American-grown basswood
  • 12” long
  • Made in the USA


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Music Notes

Most Western music is based on a system of notation that evolved around 1600 out of earlier practices. The starting point for any opera is the full score, which contains all individual voices and instruments arranged in a specific order on the page. The written music—representing the sounds a composer creates in his head—then comes to life performed by singers onstage and played by the orchestra.



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