blue note

noun

Definition of blue note

: a variable microtonal lowering of the third, seventh, and occasionally fifth degrees of the major scale

Examples of blue note in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Crunch time has arrived for the Boston Bruins, who have been on the receiving end of enough hits from the St. Louis Blues to have blue note logos imprinted all over their aching bodies. Helene Elliott, latimes.com, "Bruins’ Stanley Cup push complicated by Zdeno Chara and Matt Grzelcyk injuries," 5 June 2019 Isbell played lead guitar throughout the song, bending buttery blues notes on that ’59 Les Paul. Matt Wake | Mwake@al.com, al, "How to get tix for Jason Isbell’s sold-out music fest," 11 Sep. 2019 Calvin Klein’s trousers picked up the blue notes, and mirrored Givenchy shades finished the ensemble. Edward Barsamian, Vogue, "Queen Rania of Jordan Is Keeping It Chic All Summer," 26 July 2018 The living room and dining room are splashed with notes of crimson red, while the bedrooms are trimmed with icy blue notes. Kelsey Kloss, ELLE Decor, "House Tour: This Manhattan Apartment Makes Red, White, And Blue Modern Again," 27 May 2016 Blues feeling is integral to jazz as well, whether the quasi-microtonal cry of blue notes or the expressive style of articulation in its sobs and shouts. Peter Margasak, Chicago Reader, "Jazz / Music / Post No Bills Italian quartet Roots Magic illuminate the links between rustic blues and earthy free jazz," 4 Apr. 2018 Jazz includes contemporary, big band, acid and blue note. Zack Linly, The Root, "Is Today’s Hip-Hop Trash or Are We Just Getting Old? Spoiler Alert: The Answer Is ‘Yes’," 1 Feb. 2018 The movie opens in a lively bar, full of gyrating, intoxicated folk, whom Félicité and the band entertain all night with infectious songs filled with blue notes. Glenn Kenny, New York Times, "Review: In ‘Félicité,’ a Mother Scrambles to Save Her Son," 26 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of blue note

1919, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for blue note

from its frequent use in blues music

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“Blue note.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/blue%20note. Accessed 21 Sep. 2020.

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