Blues Piano – Track 1

Follow this Learning Track to get started with the Blues style.

Section 1

Blues Foundations

Learn the blues form, chords, scale, and a the basics of improv to get started on your blues path.

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The 10-Lesson Blues Challenge 1

The most comprehensive course on Blues improvisation! Learn essential techniques for generating blues lines, including 8ths, triplets, lower/upper positions, slides, harmonies, patterns, & more.

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6 Steps to Play Beginner Blues Piano

This blues lesson is like no other. You will get more beginner blues piano mileage out of 2 chords and 4 notes than you thought possible with these 6 steps!

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Section 2

Blues Improvisation

Build your blues improvisation skills with a combination of soloing tools and riffs.

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The Bible of Blues Riffs 1

The most comprehensive course on Blues licks and riffs! You'll learn 60 essential riffs, including single-note riffs, double-note riffs, ostinatos, runs, & how to combine riffs.

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Learn to Play 3 Blues Piano FIRE LICKS & Riffs

Learn 3 essential blues piano Fire Licks and riffs to create an exciting blues improvisation. You'll improv over 12 Bar Blues with your teacher Jonny May.

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Play Smooth Blues Piano Licks

Learn how to play smooth blues piano licks using 3 essential Grips. You'll discover how to connect blues licks and riffs to improvise seamless blues lines.

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G Blues Improvisation 1

Learn how to improvise blues piano in the key of G, including 8ths, triplets, lower/upper position lines, slides, harmonized lines, licks, riffs, and runs.

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Blues Improvisation Challenge

Learn the tools for how to create an awesome blues solo. Each week, discover new techniques like 8ths, Triplets, Lower/Upper Position, Harmonized Lines, Slides, Turns, & Rolls.

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2 Blues Roll Piano Exercises for Blues Improv

Learn how to play 2 blues roll piano exercises. Master blues roll timing, multiple positions, combining hands, and transforming any lick into a roll.

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Learn 5 Rhythm Exercises for Blues Piano Improv

Learn 5 rhythm exercises for blues piano improv. We'll cover the blues scale, 12-bar blues form, & 1-measure & 2-measure "Rhythm Templates".

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Section 3

Medium Blues

Learn blues shuffles and explore the sound of medium tempo blues piano.

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St Louis Blues Challenge

Take the St Louis Blues Challenge, where we'll develop the lead sheet into a blues shuffle arrangement. Learn techniques like shuffle grooves, melodic embellishments, slides, & chord pops.

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4-On-The-Floor Blues 1

A deep dive on the 4-On-The-Floor Blues, with 6 essential 4-On-The-Floor patterns.  An essential course if you want to have a variety of left hand blues accompaniments.

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Blues Fellas

Discover how to spice up your blues playing with this super hip blues tune. You'll learn tricks such as turns, tremolos, the walk-up progression, and crunchy altered voicings. Join the Blues Fellas.

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Section 4

Stride Blues

Learn the characteristic left hand bounce that creates a Burlesque & Broadway Kickline sound.

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Cruella De Vil 1

Learn Cruella De Vil in Vaudeville era style piano (Burlesque Blues). From the lead sheet, we apply the Burlesque-blues left hand, right hand harmonies, slides, fills, & discuss soloing techniques.

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Broadway Kickline Blues 1

Learn the fundamentals of the Broadway Kickline style with Twinkle Twinkle Little Star like you've never heard it. Explore how to bluesify the lead sheet with slides, chord punches, & more.

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Blues Piano Improv: The Burlesque Blues

Achieve an exciting, big, full blues sound with the Burlesque Blues Groove as we practice over the 12-bar blues form.

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Goin Down to Georgia Town

Play a classic Blues & Boogie-inspired original song. Become familiar with the left hand groove, bluesy melody, authentic jazz chords, and a fun solo section.

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Section 5

Slow Blues

Explore the stylization of slow blues to create a sultry New Orleans sound.

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Amazing Grace Piano Hymn – Slow Gospel Blues 1

Transform the Amazing Grace piano hymn into the Slow Gospel Blues style. Starting with the lead sheet, we’ll add a left hand gospel groove, right hand embellishments, a stock gospel intro, and discuss how to improvise a solo.

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Summertime – Slow Blues 1

Learn the classic George Gershwin tune "Summertime" in the slow jazzy blues style. Using the lead sheet, we'll stylize the left hand chords, embellish the right hand melody, compose an intro/outro, and complete the arrangement with a tasty solo!

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Slow Blues Left Hand Accompaniment 1

Learn a total of 8 essential left hand patterns for playing slow blues. You can immediately apply techniques such as 4-on-the-floor or open stride to inject a fresh approach to your blues jams.

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3 Slow Blues Piano Improv Techniques

Learn 3 techniques for slow blues piano improv, including blues chords, 12-bar blues form, the harmonized blues scale, 8th lines, triplet lines, and slides.

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Slow Jazz and Blues Piano Improv

Learn slow jazz and blues piano improvisation right now! Essential chords & professional techniques for beginner, intermediate & advanced jazz pianists.

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3 Exercises to Master Slow Blues Piano Improv

Learn 3 exercises to master slow blues piano improv, inluding 8th note, triplet, and slide exercises over the minor blues walkdown progression.

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Section 6

Jazzy Blues

Add new chords and extended harmonies to get a more jazzy sound in your blues playing.

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Jazzy Blues Comping 1

Learn the art of jazz comping on the Jazzy-Blues chord progression, used in tunes like Route 66.  You'll discover how to add colored notes to the chord, use chord shells, and develop blues fills.

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Coloring Dominant Chords With Extensions

Transform how you comp (accompany) over Dominant 7 chords in a jazz or blues tune. We explore how to build chords with extensions, most common positions, groove patterns, & jamming with a band.

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Rockin Blues Bass Lines 1

Learn 12 essential blue piano accompaniment techniques.  You'll learn shuffles, slow blues, walking bass, country blues, stride, 4-on-the-floor, and boogie blues.

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4 Steps to Play Cocktail Blues Piano

What is cocktail blues piano? You can use these 4 steps to master this specific dialect of cocktail jazz to add some bluesy personality to your sound.

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Denver Blues

Learn a jazzy blues tune with chromatic passing dominant chords and a turnaround ending. This song demonstrates the variety of colors you can create with blues chords and rhythms.

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Zingalin’ Blues

Play a feel-good blues tune with essential techniques such as turns and third enclosures. You'll also learn to add more color to the blues with secondary dominants and suspended chords.

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Level 2
Blues
6 sections
Learning Focus
  • Learn the Blues form, chords, and scale to get started
  • Discover the essential building blocks that make blues soloing easy
  • Explore a variety of blues sub-genres
Full Description

With this structured Blues Learning Track, you’ll be guided step-by-step to your goal of becoming a confident blues pianist. After learning the foundations, we’ll dive into a variety of blues styles.

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