Learn about the Major pentatonic scale, and its cousin, the “Relative Minor” pentatonic scale (a video lesson). The relationship between any major scale (or key) and its relative minor scale or key is explained here as well, in terms of traditional music theory.
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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.
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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
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Here’s a great concept to embellish the sound of a IV chord in a progression. In addition, try experimenting with this approach on any major chord you may come across, even the I chord, depending on the type of sound you’re going for. Let your ear be the guide. The scale being used here is called Lydian, which is closely related to the major scale. Some tunes use this scale on the I chord for an especially fresh sound.
Here’s a straightforward way to play impressive sounding arpeggios on your key keyboard. This sounds especially nice on piano when using the sustain pedal.