Blues Piano Lessons - Become Skilled in Blues & Improvisation - Lesson 1

Arthur Bird, Piano Teacher & Session Player

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11 Videos (36m)
    • Blues Piano Lessons - Greetings from Arthur

      1:50
    • An Introduction to the piano

      5:27
    • Octaves

      1:00
    • Intervals

      1:14
    • Chords

      2:00
    • Major & Minor Chords

      2:45
    • Blues Scale in G - 1 Octave

      3:48
    • Blues Scales in G - 2 Octaves

      6:21
    • Blues exercise 1

      4:45
    • Feelin Good Part 1

      3:17
    • Feelin Good Part 2

      3:48

About This Class

Do you want to be able to sit down at the piano, without music, and just play? If so, this course is for you.

Specially created for those of you wanting to learn Blues piano, using a mixture of songs and exercises, the piano lessons build up in achievable stages and will encourage you to eventually be able to improvise cool blues piano on the spot. Yes that's right, by the end of the course you will be able to improvise blues piano, and it will all be coming out of your own head!

The tutorials are perfect for learning piano, with the use of MIDI software on the top half of the screen so you can see the note names every time the instructor plays a key.

The course starts from the beginning, learning basics such as note names, fingering and chords. You'll learn the blues scale and will be given exercises to help you integrate it into your playing. You'll be taught how to count in musical terms, and how to use different rhythms.

The 12 Bar Blues is taught throughout the course, from a simple pattern at the start building throughout to an advanced and impressive sounding style by the end. The course is designed to build up in stages, giving you the skills, and teaching you how to incorporate them into your playing along the way, until ultimately you'll be able to improvise with freedom and style. Part 1 Takes you through the basics of the piano, the blues scale, and you'll also learn the song Feelin Good by Nina Simone/Michael Buble/Muse etc.

Promo video background music courtesy of Bensound.com

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Arthur Bird

Piano Teacher & Session Player

Hi, I'm Arthur and I've been playing the piano for 20 years. After achieving Grade 8 with the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music, I started touring as a session player in theatre shows all over the United Kingdom. As well as this I have lots of experience in recording studios, and with bands have played music all over the world, from the USA to Australia. I've been teaching Piano for 7 years now, and am an approved tutor with the City of York Arts Council.

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