“The Blues Piano Crash Course” Lesson #2: “A Left-hand Groove”

If you're going to play solo piano Blues, or you want to add a strong supporting groove to a band, then this lecture is for you. Learn to use your left hand to play a dance-able, foot-tapping chord rhythm, while freeing up your right hand to fire off licks and lay down supporting chords. (Later in this course, you'll master the art of putting both hands together as a dynamic duo.)

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“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 licks and melodies that are all your own.

You may find it interesting to learn that a piano player who knows how to make nice licks, using only this C Blues Scale (the one introduced here), could technically sit in on a blues  jam session in the key of C.

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“Basic Professional” system for voicing chords with a melody

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Audience: This lesson is for anyone studying the use of chords on piano.  In particular, pianists and keyboard players who work from song charts, fakebooks, lead sheets, and the like.

Today's video lesson presents a straightforward system for choosing an underlying support structure that uses both hands, providing a nice "default" approach when playing a melody with supporting chords.

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Notes to Für Elise – Entire Piece (video & sheet music with letter note-names)

Fur Elise letter-notes sheet music from pianowithkent.com

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“Moonlight” Sonata sheet music with letter-note names

Moonlight Sonata with Letter-names added - pianowithkent.com

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Hey there ya’ll!

I sincerely hope you and your piano are getting along well. You two were made for each other!  Relationships take work, never forget that.

This is another post for keyboard players who read music “a little bit,” but who may have trouble remembering all that stuff about key signatures, or sometimes forget which piano key belongs to which line or space on the staff.  Maybe you’re an adult who had lessons years ago, for example.

The sheet music below has each note’s letter name marked in (such as E, F#, Ab, G). There are many situations where this reading aid, the adding of letter-names, can be really useful.  Beware, some teachers get extremely upset  about this kind of alphabetic behavior, declaring it to be pretty much a horrible thing under any circumstances.  I’m not exaggerating.  But I have used this aid in many successful ways, with students who all ended up being good music readers, and  good players.  That said, I guess I also should say:  If you are a formal student of piano, who intends to read music really well, please be careful about decisions regarding the marking in of letter-names,  and maybe just be guided by your teacher, when it comes that.  Myself, when I choose to use this letter-note aid with a private student, the notes have to come from me. That is, they are generally not allowed to mark in any note-names themselves.

Okay, there’s that!

Today’s selection is Beethoven’s famous “Moonlight Sonata,” entire first movement.

Moonlight Sonata with Letter-notes Included

 

Soloing Tips: Using the Pitch-Bend Wheel on Electronic Keyboards (part one)

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This lesson is for keyboard players who want to “properly” use the pitch-bend wheel on their electronic synths or other keyboard.  By “properly” I mean that you can’t just randomly roll that pitch wheel around and expect your keyboard licks to make any sense (outside of cartoonish sound effects).

If you want the professional sound of a killer solo when using a pitch-bend wheel, it’s a great idea to emulate the kind of pitch-bends that are used by experienced lead guitarists, sax players, and the like.  That’s the secret, and there’s some detailed explanation of certain ways to do that included in the video below.

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Blues Piano Licks #1 and #2 from “A Study in Blues Piano — Focusing on 12 Licks”

Hello there, students of blues, jazz and rock!

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“The Blues Piano Crash Course” Main Page

Course Description

Learn the essential elements of blues piano, including the Blues Scale, the 12-bar Blues pattern, left-hand grooves, coordination exercises, and raw material for licks.

My goal is for you to start improvising great blues solos!

Although most of this course is in the key of C, there is a detailed lesson that covers transposing the blues scale, and the 12-bar blues progression, into other keys.

You will need no ability to read music. It will be very good, however, to have basic-to-intermediate level piano playing experience.

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Lesson One – “The Blues Scale”

Supplemental (optional) from “A Study in Blues Piano” – Licks #1 and #2

Lesson Two – “A Left-hand Groove”

Lesson Three – “Five Must-know Riffing Devices”

Lesson Four – “The Classic 12-bar Blues Progression”

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Lesson Five – “Put Your Hands Together”

Lesson Six – More tips and practice for the Two Fisted Jammer

Lesson Seven – A Walking Bass Line & More Coordination

Lesson Eight – Blue Notes and pitch-bending

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