Learn How to Play Blues Piano
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To successfully play various forms of composition you must master blues piano.
Genres such as jazz, rock and roll, gospel and country rely heavily on blues concepts. If you wish to become a
master in any of these fields, you will have to start with the blues. There are very few musicians who can
truly represent the soulfulness and depth of blues music.
Hard work and determination are necessary to succeed. You will also need a true understanding of the blues to
successfully portray it.
You cannot simply read a sheet of music and play blues music. The
essence of blues comes from within you, making it very important to surround yourself within its culture. Play
blues music when you’re by yourself or with friends. Finding another musician who can play blues music will be very
helpful in understanding the fundamentals.
You will be able to look and examine exactly what they are doing on the keyboard to achieve certain effects. If
you are unable to find someone who can play the blues, referring to online resources, such as YouTube, will be greatly beneficial.
A short history on blues music is necessary in order to continue the lesson. Blues originated in
African-American groups of lower United States. It sprung in popularity near the end of the 19th century and spread
like wildfire in musical communities.
The blues included chants, shouts, work songs, ballads, field hollers and spiritual songs. The wide range of
songs caused musical historians to categorize the blues in several subgroups, all of which continue to have a
strong musical influence on today’s music.
You must study the structure of blues music to understand its complexities. The 12 bar blues are a very useful
tool when learning to play blues music. It is composed of 12 bars that repeat over and over again. Each of these 12
bars is measured with four sets of beats as illustrated bellow (set in the C key):
C, C, C, C
F, F, C, C
G, F, C, -
The last note is called the turnaround. It allows you to enter a filler note in order to return to the 5th
chord. You will have to repeat this pattern repeatedly until the end of the song. Salsa music is all about beat and
rhythm, therefore no do concern yourself with the correct note sequence at first. Once you understand the general
goal of the 12 bar blues, you can shift your attention to perfecting the key sequence.
The 12 bar blues will be a basic element when playing blues piano. If you can master the use of the 12 bar
blues, you can master blues music. It is very important to practice blues music to successfully portray its soul.
Its overall effects rely heavily on the importance of mood and structure, making practice a necessary
If you are experiencing problems portraying the true essence of blues music, you will benefit from surrounding
yourself in blues culture. Listening to their music will train your ears to unique sounds and effects, making it
easier to reproduce at a later date.
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Blues Piano Lessons Listing:
- Learn 12 Bars Blues Piano Rhythm
The most basic form of rhythm found in blues music is the 12 bar rhythm. Since each bar (bar) is measured in 4 beats, we have a total of 48 beats in total.
- Important Chords in Blues Piano Playing
Like the other genres of music, blues piano playing is also characterized by distinct chords that give the music the special bluesy flavor.
- Learn the Blues Scales on Piano | Blues Piano Scale
Blues scales are essential in understanding and playing blues music. While these scales are the basics for playing in this genre, the use of the blues scales have extended their use to other styles of music as well.
- Using the Blues Scale
Although the blues scale is found mainly in blues music, it has frequently found its use in other genres such as rock, gospel and country styled piano playing.
- Playing Blues Licks on Piano | Blues Piano Licks
Learning to play blues licks on piano can help extend your musical playing in a band and also add flavor to spice up a song. Check out some cool examples of licks you can use in this tutorial.
- Blues Piano Improvisation
Like jazz music, improvisation is part and parcel of playing blues music. Being able to express oneself fully in music is really one of the things that differentiate a good blues musician from another.
- Learn How to Play Blues Piano Chords
The blues has its own set of chords that create that special tone of blues sounds. In this tutorial, we will show you some of the chords that make up the bulk of bluesy music you hear today.
- Blues Piano Tips
Want to excel in playing blues piano? What about getting a head start in the world of blues music? We show you some of the most important tips that you need to bear in mind when playing in this genre of music.