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

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

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!

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

Welcome to A Study in Blues Piano!

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

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


One

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Learn all 12 Major & all 12 Maj7 Chords by Pattern (not by rote)

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Welcome back!

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.

Video Lesson:

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 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.

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Blues Lick #10: Learn to Play a Complete 12-Bar Introduction

Welcome back!

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.

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Blues Lick #11 “Pentatonic Pads”

 

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.

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FREE PDF eBook: A Visual Catalog of 108+ Piano Chords – PDF download

 

Greetings from Kent!

Today, I’ve just published a FREE PDF PIANO CHORD BOOK that I recently put together, as an optional reference catalog for myChords 108 series of video-based tutorials.


YOU CAN DOWNLOAD IT RIGHT HERE (from this website):

Chords108′ Reference eBook – A Free Piano PDF Chord Catalog from ‘Piano With Kent.’


IMPORTANT:

Although this book can be useful by itself, as a handy reference for checking your piano chords, that’s not really my intended use for it. Why is that? Well, the true, intended purpose of my Chords 108 series, including this new, optional course supplement, is to help teach piano students how to ‘permanently learn’ all 108(+) of these chords, as they appear on the piano keyboard, without any external reference.

Therefore, this catalog should be used, ideally, only to check your understanding of this ‘non-rote’ chord memorization system. That way, you will quickly learn how to call up the notes to any standard chord on the piano, without needing ANY kind of reference!

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!

 


HERE’S A LIST OF ALL THE CHORD TYPES ILLUSTRATED IN THIS BOOK:

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The Blues Piano Crash Course – Lesson #6: More practice & help with two-handed coordination

PREMIUM CONTENT (Lesson #3 is a free sample).

From The Blues Piano Crash Course

Lesson Six (video) “Put Your Hands Together – Again…”

More tips and practice on two-handed coordination for piano, using notes from the blues.

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