I’m just churning out these little sheets…by request…
How’s yo blues?
I’ve had requests for piano notation covering the blues licks in my course, A Study in Blues Piano.
That course is video-based, and teaches from a chord-based improvisation point of view.
I sometimes resist providing notation for improvisation-focused courses, because it can almost promote blind imitation, rather than creative playing.
That said, I’ve had a couple of convincing requests lately from students who wanted to have sheet music to supplement this class. As a result, I’ve decided to provided some helpful notation for each of the licks. Ain’t no thing man, I feel you. (Wah?)
Okay! Here’s a downloadable PDF file for Lick #1, “Energy.”
After I finish the notation for all twelve licks, I plan to come back and add tutorial text to support the process of playing from each of these sheets.
FYI: All of these upcoming sheets will be directly downloadable from within A Study in Blues Piano – Focusing on 12 Licks.
This is Lesson Three of a 3-lesson collection on the topic of “jazzy-rock” improvisation.
Lesson Three video
This is Lesson Two of a three-part video series on “jazzy-rock” improvisation.
(Lesson One is here.)
(Lesson Three is here.)
These three tutorials would fit somewhere near the center of the jazzy-rock genre spectrum, if there was one.
I guess there could possibly be a jazzy-rock genre officially defined somewhere, like in a big canvas binder at the Genres Office, or like that. Regardless of the possibility of this being regulated, I’m using the term freely here, maybe even whimsically, maybe even having some devil-may-care attitude going.
If I had a managing editor you would not have seen the previous paragraph. Don’t worry, with your continued support, we will hire a managing editor.
Van Morrison’s Moondance is the “jamming vehicle” we’re using in this trio of lessons. Moondance is a catchy tune, and it serves really well as a straightforward case study in jazzish-rockish piano improvisation.
Here’s a nice jazzy drill, to give you practice on:
(1) Adding interest to your melody lines, by sometimes preceding the “target tone(s)” of a chord with “approach tones;” and,
(2) increased mastery of any given scale, especially as it relates to the underlying chords.
As a result, the repeated act of mindfully (and not mindlessly) practicing this drill can increase your general facility with approach tones, as well as give you (possibly new) theoretical insights regarding chord-scale relationships. Dig? You’ll see.
This sample lesson (complete) is available to our visitors, and, of course, to our supporting members!
Lesson #11 (video)
Learn how to transpose the chords, scales, and concepts you learned in this crash course into other keys.
“All the same things” apply to playing blues in any key. You will simply be learning the steps needed to move your musical patterns and shapes — that is, the three main chords, the blues scale, your favorite licks, etc. — into any desired key!
Especially good keys for you to learn to jam in are:
Lesson #10 (video)
Turn-arounds and endings for the 12-bar blues.