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Blues Piano Course

Welcome to the Blues Piano Course,

This is a temporary home for it, enjoy it for now :-] ,,, it will be in a 4 week, 4 part course. See below for what is currently available.

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Thanks, Tom.

PRE LESSON 1 - If you don't know the names of the keys, then this is important to watch first....

How to memorise every note on the piano


Lesson 1] - Introduction


Practice day 1]

Practice 1


Practice day 2]

Practice 2


PRACTICE DAY 3] Making sure you can put the hands together.

The Evolution of Boogie Woogie Exercise 1!

Practice day 4]

Go Over what you did in practice day 1 and practice days 2 and 3. I think you need to take this time just to get secure in the technique. Remember, it's not about the tempo. Play it fast, it's a boogie, play it slow it's blues, play it medium tempo, it still sounds good. Just don't neglect practice :-]

Practice day 5]


practice day 5 for level 1


Want an extra option for your RIGHT HAND? No problem.

It's optional though, and if it's too difficult right now, just skip it and come back to it another time :-]

Pinetop and improv



First thing First


Before watching the video, please go to this page and read up on / familiarize yourself with the Blues Scale...

Have you read the article before proceeding?

Lesson 2 Video

blues course lesson 2 mp4


Note from video - how to practice the riff


LEFT HAND: # ~ # ~ # ~ # ~

Think of the above like Karaoke ... in the case of the C position, the # will be playing the left hand at C+G, and the ~ is C+A. It helps some people to visualize it like this. Some people can just naturally get it by ear. Others need a combination. Just figure out which one you are :-]


Alternative Turnaround/Ending


The Part where it goes to G then to F, some people find it a little difficult, this should help. It also sounds great.

alternative ending of level 2

this may be easier to play, and it also sounds GREAT.

Lesson 2 bonus material [Blues Scale Lesson in more depth]

LISTEN, don't be trying to master anything in this video, some of it is too advanced for you right now, but it gives you some ideas of exercises to do going forward, and tells you a bit more about the scale :-]

I repeat, don't expect to play everything in this vid.

Enjoy though #Winks#

blues scale


Lesson 3 Rhythmic Chordal Stabs

Here's the THIRD level in this beginner blues course. The inspiration is taken from the kind of thing you may have heard in a bar in USA in the 1930's, and you can find it in Boogie Woogie Stomp by Albert Ammons.


rhythmic chordal stabs

The Thing that's hugely important here is that you practice it SLOWLY. The better you can play it slowly, the better you can play it fast. [How's that for an Aphorism]?




Unfortunately, there are no videos for this part, but if you listen again to the demonstration of how to play this song in the first video, you'll hear I played a really cool ending.

here's how to do it.

Both hands do this

C , E , F, F# , G


Right G# + C + D# (play together)

Left G# note


Right D + F# +A

left C + Bb

And .... that's it!!!!!!

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