Blues Piano Crash Course #9:  The Melody Machine

Blues Piano Crash Course #9: The Melody Machine

from The Blues Piano Crash Course Lesson #9  (video) "The Melody Machine" This thing I like to call the  "melody machine" is by no means a new technique for creating strong melodies. Singers, composers and improvisers have built melodies this way forever.  In a...

Blues Piano Crash Course #8: Blue notes & pitch-bending

from The Blues Piano Crash Course Lesson #8  (video) In this lesson, we master a couple of specific blues piano tricks of the trade.  I'm using the word specific here, because we're going to use these devices with a goal in mind, a musical effect that is pretty...
Piano Improv Lesson: “Sixteenth Note Triplet” licks

Piano Improv Lesson: “Sixteenth Note Triplet” licks

Good morning! 2:50 a.m. here in California, working musician’s hours as usual! Today I’m sharing some tips on using a “continuous flow of lickety-split  triplets ” for a very nice effect on keyboards. Enjoy! Here’s the lesson...

“The Blues Piano Crash Course” Lesson #1 – The Blues Scale

In this first of eleven Blues Piano lessons, discover how a simple six-note scale -- the famous "Blues Scale" -- is a musician's gold mine for creating original blues sounds. Immediately after this lecture, you can sit down at your piano and start creating bluesy...