Another Free Blues Piano Lesson from Piano with Kent
Blues Study Lick #6, “Locked Up”
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Updated Feb. 4 2021.
This is a really exciting technique for what I like to call the “Big Blues” sound. By “Big Blues,” I mean dramatic, exciting, full, like you might hear from a jazz big band. This kind of lick also works great for building to a climax in your “blues story” (a good solo usually tells a story).
The name of this lick, “Locked Up,” ain’t necessarily because what you’re saying with your fingers might be a story about going to jail. In this video, “Locked up” actually refers to the core idea of the lesson, something called “locked rhythm.”
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A free picture-based piano chord book from ‘Piano With Kent’ | Chords 108 Series – Visual Supplement | Chord Catalog
UPDATE: You can now purchase a downloadable PDF version of this complete piano chord book HERE.
At bottom is a free interactive eBook which is an excellent reference for my Chords 108 series.***
***This book can also serve as a stand-alone reference, arranged alphabetically and by chord type.
Continue reading FREE Interactive Piano Chord Catalog of 108+ Piano Chords
More Sheet Music for ‘A Study in Blues Piano’
Updated Jan. 1, 2021.
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.
Welcome to A Study in Blues Piano!
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.
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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Today we’ll learn the unique 3-letter formula the applies to every standard Major and Major Seventh Chord.
Audience: Any musician who’s struggling to memorize the individual notes to all those dang chords on piano or keyboards, and looking for a solution!
Description: Learn how to immediately call up the notes to any of the twelve major chords — without having to rely on rote memory. This lesson applies to all twelve major seventh chords as well.
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 specific.
The “tricks” in this video are focused on emulating those sounds of blues singers and other instruments who can bend their notes (slide or play between pitches). You’ll learn about “blue notes,” and also pick up a blues-boogie playing technique called the slide-off.
Continue reading Blues Piano Crash Course #8: Blue Notes & Pitch-Bending
Today’s lesson is more than just a lick…
We have here a two-handed intro section, a great setup for getting any blues jam started. This opening groove covers a full 12-bar cycle, giving your listeners an exciting intro (a.k.a. “head”) which leads nicely into the next 12-bars, where you can begin your right-handed soloing. Note, you can use the left-hand (bass line) of this groove throughout your entire jam. It’s a simple and powerful bass line that keeps the beat going strong. But wait, there’s more! This lesson also includes a sample opening for your solo.
In this lesson you’ll learn a versatile way to group any “pentatonic” scale into a pair of three-note, three-finger clusters. Using this three-finger approach makes it easy to play fast and interesting licks, up and down the keyboard.
Continue reading Blues Lick #11 “Pentatonic Pads”
Here’s an interactive eBook that I put together as a reference for my Piano Chords 108 series.
This book can serve as a stand-alone reference for checking your piano chords.
The sole purpose of my Piano Chords 108 series is to teach piano students how to memorize all 108 of these chords as they appear on the piano keyboard.
Therefore, this catalog should be used, ideally, only to check your understanding of the memorization system taught here.
MORE ABOUT THIS BOOK
Chords are listed alphabetically. Each chord is spelled out by using a simple image (consisting of dots on a keyboard, indicating which keys/notes make up the chord in question).
In a nutshell, all the standard three and four-note chords are illustrated.
LIST OF ALL CHORD TYPES ILLUSTRATED IN THIS BOOK
Major triads (all)
Minor triads (all)
Major 7th chords (all)
Minor 7th chords (all)
Dominant 7th chords (all)
Diminished triads (all)
Diminished 7th chords (all)
Half-diminished 7th chords (‘Minor-7 flat-5’) (all)
Augmented triads (all) Continue reading Visual Catalog of 108+ Piano Chords
PREMIUM CONTENT (Lesson #3 is a free sample).
Lesson Six (video) “Put Your Hands Together – Again…”
More tips and practice on two-handed coordination for piano, using notes from the blues.
Continue reading The Blues Piano Crash Course – Lesson #6: More practice & help with two-handed coordination