Blues Piano Lessons
Start Playing the Blues!
Jammin’ the BLUES on the piano is nothing but fun! Learn great blues piano licks, scales, chords and theory in these fun and easy to follow videos.
Grab some shades and a cool hat and let’s get the blues rolling!
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In these lessons you will learn a lot of great blues piano chords, riffs, and scales. There is a basic formula that is followed for most blues tunes called the "12 Bar Blues," and once you master it, a whole new world of musical stylings will be at your fingertips. The chord progression is very simple, but you can do so many amazing things with it. You will learn how to see and feel the patterns of the blues scale on piano in a way that makes it fun to create your own unique solos. When you understand some chords and a little music theory you will start to play sweet blues riffs that will surely turn some heads.
Blues Piano Lessons
Chords and Patterns
Blues Piano Chords
You can turn simple major triads into dominant 7th and 9th chords to play some blues chords that sound great.
The Right Hand Pattern
Get this trick down for immediate results. The blues pattern is used more than any other movement on the piano. Don't let big words frighten you, but we are going to use something called the Mixolydian scale, which moves the middle and pinky fingers of the right hand while the thumb stays put.
Blues Left Hand
There are a lot of different options for blues bass lines. Here is a simple option, from basic to advanced, to get you going.
Bass Line (C)
Other Bass Lines
Here are some other options for blues bass lines. In order to play them with the left hand and still be able to solo at the same time with the right, you'll have to develop solid muscle memory.
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Using the Blues Scale
The Blues Scale
Playing blues scales on the piano is the foundation for soloing in... the blues. In this lesson, we will use the minor blues scale which consists of the 1 b3 4 #4 5 and b7 of a major scale.
Blues Shape and Drone
This trick uses the blues scale without you knowing it. Just think in shapes and get the patterns down to develop some cool blues riffs that can be used in solos and fills.
Mixolydian Mode & Tremolos
The Mixolydian Mode
A "mode" is just another kind of scale. The easiest way to think about the mixolydian mode is by taking the major scale and lowering the 7th note by a half step. This will create some really cool sounds.
Mode Secret (C)