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#2706307 - 18 hours ago Chuck Leavell instruction question  
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I’ve been tinkering in blues along with my studies and I’m a huge fan of Chuck. I know that he has a dvd as well as a site for instruction. I plan to get the dvd just to watch if nothing else. I just wonder if as a beginner, the site may be ahead of me. I was just wondering if anyone else had used either.

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#2706436 - 9 hours ago Re: Chuck Leavell instruction question [Re: carolinakeys]  
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I've had a quick look at his website and some of the reviews of one of his DVDs on Amazon and to me it does look like it might be a bit advanced if you're a beginner. But it looks like you can register to get a "free lesson", which I suspect is just access to some video material. That wouldn't be a bad thing to do. Just make sure you're not committing yourself to something that's buried in small print.
I have no doubt about his credentials as a player though!

If you're just starting out trying to play blues, I'd recommend getting familiar with the basic 12 bar structure and some of the more common variations. I mean in terms of the chords used. Playing blues as a solo pianist takes a lot of time and effort. In my view mainly because the blues is a very rhythmic style of music and somehow you have to translate that to the Piano. Generally, though not always, this takes the form of ostinato bass lines in the left-hand, and is called boogie-woogie. Of course you can the blues over all sorts of styles, but I find boogie-woogie the most exciting as a solo form.

There are tons of YouTube instructional videos you could look at as well. I'd also recommend listening to a lot of blues Piano greats to get a feel for the genre.


Oscar Peterson was a great Jazz pianist who puts a ton of blues into a lot of his playing. Most of it unplayable to mere mortals like us, but I have managed to pick up quite a lot over the years from him.
Dr John, Prof Longhair, Allen Toussaint, James Booker - all great New Orleans players who used the blues in different ways.
Jools Holland - a British boogie-woogie pianist who most people know from his TV show.

+ many many more.....


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