One-octave Blues Study
(PD 19-12-15)

This catchy solo riff with a novelty crossed hands component divides the notes of the minor pentatonic scales between the two hands so you play them without worrying about fingering..

The two minor pentatonic keyboards you need to know are these - A minor and D minor.

Cover the three lower notes of the darker pentatonic octave with LH 4, 2, 1 and the three upper notes with RH 2, 3, 4 (shown below left) or 2, 4, 5 (below right).

  A minor

  D minor

Here's the video of the performance.

The music is in your workbook. All the right hand notes are on the upper stave (five lines); all left hand notes are on the lower stave.

Watch the hands-and-Midi-Piano video to figure out how the clef changes in the music show where the hands go. The lowest notes are always RH-over (right hand over) notes.

Here's an audio file to listen as you read the music. Then just listen and see if you can 'see' the music playing on a keyboard in your mind's eye.

PR 19-12-15

Development

 Transpose 

You can play PD 19-12-15 in E minor and A minor on just white keys by moving the pattern down a fourth. Transposing like this makes you think hard about the shape, and you end up knowing the music a lot better.

 Playing the scales single-handed

Here's a development with the left and right hands both playing the whole scale, but 'staggered' - a good way to add body to a solo line.

It's the right hand that's on the beat - the left hand provides a sort of 'pre-echo', plus the between-the-phrases beat contribution.

See how far you get with it. Don't copy Mister Musicarta's terrible fingering!.

Hum along and tap your foot as you play. Minor pentatonic blues riffs like this are very good for 'getting your mojo working'! They're not for sitting quietly and listening politely to.



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