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Hi All
Just a quick video on how to play Blues Piano for anyone who's interested. It covers everything you need to know to start playing some Blues including form, left hand patterns, licks, turnarounds, scales, and an example solo. I've written everything out in a 'Blues Piano Cheat Sheet' using sheet music which you can download from the link in the description (for free).
Hope you enjoy!

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Hi All
Just a quick video on how to play Blues Piano for anyone who's interested. It covers everything you need to know to start playing some Blues including form, left hand patterns, licks, turnarounds, scales, and an example solo. I've written everything out in a 'Blues Piano Cheat Sheet' using sheet music which you can download from the link in the description (for free).
Hope you enjoy!

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Best Blues lesson I ever saw was when I worked in a music school and I booked the guitar clinic. So I got this old Blues cat to come in and do a clinic. Well typcial a bunch of young guitar players are in there think they shred Da Blooze. The one idiot is shooting his mouth off, so the old Blue guys says come on up and lets play. The kid starts playing and it's as soul less as you'd expect. The blues cat say that was pretty bad, no feel, lets play again and I help you. So the kid started playing same crap and the blues cat gets next to him and puts his foot on top of the kids foot. As the kid keep playing crap the blue guy start putting his body weight in to stepping on the kids foot. The kids is not happy and finally stops. The old blues guy looks at the kid and point to his foot and now that's the blues and you need to get that feeling into your playing.

The kid sits down and all the others shut up and are now paying attention.

Learning to play the Blues isn't something you can learn from a book or video, it like learning to Swing you have to get it on your gut first. You have to feel it and you do that by listening and listening and listening. You go to jam session and listen, and when you turn get into the feel and play. Be humble around the old cats and they might pull you aside and give you advice. Don't under estimate how much you can learn from playing blues and especially playing with others. You'll learn playing simple with a lot of feel beats the heck out of spewing lots of notes all over.

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The blues melodic line, which includes untempered pitches, has West African roots and is somewhat reminiscent of Arabic music; which is studied exactly like this:



The most natural way to learn. By the way, the violinist does not accurately reproduce his own singing.

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Heard a someone put perfectly what I was saying in my previous post....

A lot of people can tell you WHAT to play, but they can not tell you WHEN to play it.


You have to internalize the feel of different types music by lots and lots of listening. You learn to talk by listening to people and emulating the sounds and emotion. Music is no different you have to listen and listen and start emulating the sounds and emotions.

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Hi

Completely agree Mr Shed. The theory of using the blues scale (or indeed any scale/mode in Jazz) is one thing, but having a feel for how and when to use/play it is another.

For me 40 or 50 years of listening has been the key to making the best use of my limited technique.

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