Hey Blues people! Wassup from the OG (Old Guy). Let me show you this nice 12-bar opening, to get your jam started. I’ve also included something to get your improv going after the intro.
NOTE: You can buy this entire course here The Blues Piano Crash Course++
You might be interested to know that the information in the first two lessons below was shared with me when I was fourteen years old, at a time when I knew zero about playing piano. I did have seven years of drumming experience by that time, however. The guy who showed me this stuff was a drummer as well. Since I had the advantage of good two-handed coordination skills on the drums, and the additional advantage of piano being a percussion instrument, I was able to go home that afternoon and start seriously jamming on my parent’s piano. My dad came home from work that evening and he said, “When did you learn how to play the piano?” I’ll never forget that day! After about a year, I was playing keys in a band. I started taking formal piano lessons, and eventually I got a college degree in piano and general music. In other words, Blues was the beginning of my entire career as a piano and keyboard player.
What does all that mean for you? Assuming you already play either a little piano, or another instrument, there is enough raw material in this post to get you seriously going on blues piano. On completion of the first few lessons below, you will already have enough information to start sounding like you actually know what you’re doing.
As with all other video-based lessons on this site, it is not necessary to read music.
“Music is like magic. If you convince the audience, you are a success.” — Me
Lesson One: The Blues Scale
Lesson Two: A Left-hand Groove
Lesson Three: Five Must-know Riffing Devices
Lesson Four : The Classic “12-bar Blues” Progression
Lesson Five: Coordination Practice
NOTE: You can buy this entire course here:
This is part of my recent collection of blues piano licks which are also being added to an earlier post (Twelve Blues Licks — Explained in Depth)
It seems like almost everyone loves — or at least super appreciates — the Blues. This affection for Blues music is almost universal, no matter what your GOC (genre of choice).
Blues is at the heart of jazz and rock especially. You will basically never meet a successful rock or jazz musician who is not well-versed in the Blues, and who does not love playing it.
OK, let me backpedal a bit on that last statement. Exceptions to the “well-versed” thing might be: an early-school punker, or a psychedelic player with a synthesizer, using pads only, with no regard for the key of the tune. I’ve done studio work with people in genres like that. Such free spirits are not often “well-versed” in the blues. In fact, some couldn’t blues their way out of a paper bag. Here’s the kicker though. In my experience, without exception, these pioneers also truly love the genre of Blues. It’s weird. I think it’s because Blues is built into the DNA of Rock. Same for Jazz. Especially for Jazz.
Anyway, today let me offer up my recent series of twelve video lessons on the topic of blues piano. Each lesson below covers a specific blues lick, including insights on how to transpose, alter, and adapt it to your own soloing. As I like to say, one video is worth a thousand licks! Actually I just made that up.
NOTE: I’m planning to sell the whole package of twelve licks online (for download and/or streaming) , so this post will be updated when that is available. The whole package will be available here, as well as places like Udemy.com.
Here is the list of ones you can see now: