How to Play a Blues Shuffle

Learning how to play a blues shuffle is a critical and immediately useful skill for all blues and jazz players, and it’s a particularly fun skill to acquire for pianists. In this article, I’m going to show you a few steps that you can use in your practice sessions to learn how to play a…

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Spice Up Your Blues Playing – 3 Tips

Wanna spice up your blues playing? Of course you do! Whether you’re into rock, jazz, blues, or funk, the 12-bar blues is a chord progression that you’re sure to encounter. In this article I’ll show you 3 ways to improve your blues playing, and they all start by gaining a deeper understanding of the harmony.…

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Blues Piano Licks

As pianists, we’re always looking for fun, bluesy piano licks to add to our bag of tricks. In this article I’ll show you a couple great bluesy licks AND how to transpose them for use across a 12-bar blues form. These licks can be used in a variety of styles of playing – blues, boogie…

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Learn Some Great Advanced Blues Chords

In this article we’ll explore some of the more advanced blues chords that are used by the pros. These advanced blues chords will help you achieve those classic blues, jazz, and funk sounds that you may have heard on various recordings by some of your favorite players. All of these advanced blues chords can be…

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3 Must-Know Blues Endings

A big part of being able to play the blues convincingly – like a pro – is knowing how to handle the “tops and tails” of tunes (that’s musician lingo for “beginnings and endings”). In this article we’re going to look at three of the most popular blues endings. Professional players will hear the opening…

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Must-Know Blues Comping

In this article we’re going to take a look at some blues comping voicings that the pro piano players know and use. Consider the 12-bar blues, which we know is based primarily on three chords – the I, IV, and V chords. In the 12-bar blues form, these three chords are almost always dominant chords.…

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Boogie Woogie Left Hand

For piano players, the boogie woogie left hand is the unsung hero of the boogie woogie and blues solo piano style of playing. While the left hand is perhaps not the flashiest or sexiest part of what the listener hears (that’s usually reserved for the right hand), the left hand has an incredibly important and…

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