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Free Blues Piano Lessons: A Study in Blues Piano – Focusing on Twelve Licks

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Image (by Kent): Ridler’s Piano Bar in Spokane, WA, USA.  I stopped in here recently when I was in Spokane for a bit, and I was invited back to play, after participating in a jam session there, very late one night. I spent almost every following night there during my stay!


Welcome to A Study in Blues Piano!

A free video-based piano course with Kent D. Smith of ‘Piano With Kent.’


Course Description

This is an in-depth study of twelve blues licks, with extensive left-hand support tips. Each lick/riff is explored in detail, including variations, fingering, playing tips, and supporting music theory.

More than just learning the notes by rote, you will get insight into the patterns, scales, chords and intervals involved, including how to transpose each lick.

As a result, each lick will be mastered as RAW MATERIAL for endless variations, with applications in many musical settings (genres).

Lick #10 of this group is actually more than a lick; rather, it gives you a complete two-handed 12-bar opening groove, including a left-hand pattern to support your licks throughout your soloing.

Sheet Music (optional)

Students can download and print optional sheet music for several of the licks. There’s also a sample solo piece with a 12-bar introduction, followed by a 12-bar piano solo that features licks from the class.


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THE TWELVE LICK STUDIES


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Blues Piano Sheet Music & Videos | Lick #1, Solo #1 | Based on ‘A Study in Blues Piano’

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Blues Piano Sheet Music – Lick #1, Solo #1

Blues and Jazz licks, runs, and fills ~ PDF download.

 

Hello to all Jazz and Blues students!

Today, I’m very happy to announce some new Blues Piano Sheet Music!

This sheet music is based directly on material from my FREE course, ‘A Study in Blues Piano – Focusing on 12 Licks.’

The piece itself, titled Lick #1, Solo #1 (a very creative name), focuses on the first lesson of my class, where we introduce and examine Lick #1.

There’s a 12-bar intro on this sheet (the head), followed by three “graded” 12-bar solos, ranging in difficulty from intermediate to advanced (when played as is – but remember, you are encouraged to modify any or all of it – this is improv after all!)

Next, there is a reprise of the 12-bar intro, and then, a special ending section, which is guaranteed to please!

Solid left-hand support

I’ve included a complete and varied left-hand part, for use and/or study, in the bass clef, covering the entire piece.  *These left-hand chords and patterns are based on the CHORD SYMBOLS provided, which in turn follow the standard chords used in traditional ‘C Blues.’

There are two editions: The first sheet includes musical note-names (letters), as in F#, G, Ab, applied to every note. The second sheet contains the same music, but it does not have the letter-note labels. (Without the letters, the second edition has room for a few helpful markings, things like dynamics, tempo, a bit of phrasing, and such. This copy also looks less crowded, overall.)

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‘Clair de Lune’ | Sheet Music with Letters and Notes Together | Entire piece | PDF sheet music

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Announcing ‘Clair de Lune’ Complete — Professionally engraved piano sheet music  with notes & letters together

Claude Debussy’s timeless and extremely popular piano piece, Clair de Lune, is well-known around the world.  Its origins include influences from poetry, the music of Bach’s time (the Baroque period), and the artistic school of Impressionism.

Is ‘Clair’ of Clair de Lune a person’s name?  If so, who is that person?

The ‘Clair’ in the title Clair de Lune does not refer to a person. (I bring this up here, because I myself had wondered this, back in the day, when I had first seen the title.)

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Blues Lick #5: “Ba-do-dee-you Bop” – From ‘A Study in Blues Piano’ with Kent Smith

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Welcome Back!

Today we present Lick Number Five, which is formally called the “Ba-do-dee-you Bop” Lick. That is academic terminology right there, and you know that I did not make it up.

But seriously, about this name, which I obviously did make up: As with Lick #2, I named this lick with syllables that match each note of the pattern, so that you can sing the name of the lick as you play it, which is a really good way to get the feel of it. You might want to read the lesson description for Lick #2 for more insight on that singing idea.

Enjoy!

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The Amazing Tetrachord: How to Instantly Visualize Any Major Scale

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How to “Permanently Learn” Every Major Scale using the Major Tetrachord

A VIDEO LESSON with KENT


Hey folks!

This is Kent Smith of ‘Piano With Kent.’

I’ve had lots of happy feedback about this lesson, ever since I first posted it on YouTube.  People are basically saying that this is the easiest way they have found to learn the notes of all twelve major scales, quickly and painlessly.  I learned about tetrachords in my college theory classes, and I have found them to be a little-known “secret” for organizing one’s thoughts about scales and modes.  Let me know what you think!

Piano Blues Lick #7: The ‘Flat-Three to Five’

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Blues Lick #7: Flat-Three to Five Patterns – From ‘A Study in Blues Piano

A video blues tutorial describing a versatile lick pattern for jazz and blues piano.


Hello!

This short jazzy series of chromatic notes, which I call the Flat-3 to 5, is a familiar expression in the Blues. This easy type of lick (you can alter the lick very easily) is heard in a trillion mainstream jazz and blues melodies, as well as in all related music, anything that has even a touch of Blues Inflection.

Which means, you could call this a cliché. 

In the Blues, an improvising (lead) player might belt out a cliché, or ten, to explicitly let listeners know where they are:  “You are in the Blues, thank you very much!”  Any time you venture off into highly original blues territory, a cliché is a great place to come home to!

LESSON #7 – VIDEO TUTORIAL

Jazz Improv Lesson: A Nice Drill using “Approach Tones” | Free Jazz Tutorial Video

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VIDEO LESSON ~~ JAZZ IMPROV TUTORIAL ~~ JAZZ EXERCISES


Hello everyone!

The jazz ‘drill’ in this video is demonstrated on a keyboard, but–of course–it can be applied and practiced on any other instrument, or voice.

This is a chord-based pattern that we will use and adapt for these standard chords: Major, Maj7, Minor, Min-7, Dominant-7….Actually, this concept can applied to any pre-determined chord, such as a diminished or an augmented chord.

Mastery of patterns/concepts like these:

  • Can add fresh interest to your improvised lines, by sometimes preceding the “target tone(s)” of a chord with “approach tones.”
  • Will increase your 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.

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Sheet Music: Lick #10 from “A Study in Blues Piano”

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More Sheet Music for ‘A Study in Blues Piano’

 

This post is from Kent Smith, creator and instructor for the free video-based course called ‘A Study in Blues Piano‘, which is always available right here on ‘Piano With Kent.’

Good day to all students of jazz and blues improvisation, and to anyone else who’s curious!

Here’s a downloadable PDF file of sheet music covering Blues Piano Lick #10, for optional use with my course “A Study in Blues Piano” (all on this site).

This sheet is part of a supplemental collection I’m putting together, in response to recent requests! Stay tuned for more!

Cheers,

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How to Play Difficult Chords on Piano or Keyboards

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How to Deal with ‘Over-Crowding’ of Your Fingers when dealing with Awkward Chords

Today’s post is taken from an online exchange between a YouTube follower of mine, and myself, regarding a question he had posted on one of my YouTube tutorials.  The topic of discussion here is playing certain difficult chord-shapes on piano

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How to Find Your Way Across the Piano Keyboard Landscape

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How to Read Piano Music – Step One: Naming the Piano Keys


Attention Beginning Pianists!

Here’s a musical overview of your piano keyboard, along with helpful hints for remembering the letter-note/note-names of the keys!

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