BLUES PIANO LESSONS
THE MUSICARTA BLUES PIANO SERIES
The 12-bar form, in all its many varieties, is one of the great musical meeting places of the human race. There is hardly a soul on the planet who is not susceptible to its universal appeal, and hardly a musician who cannot make a stab at playing along, or doesn’t secretly wish they could.
Twelve-bar forms, whether vintage rock’n’roll, piano or combo boogie, pop-py or blues in all its flavours are an ideal musical training ground. The simplicity of form allows the musician to concentrate on execution and improvisation, borne along by the driving rhythm. Twelve-bar textures make an ideal warm-up for any music-making.
Blues Piano Lessons is a Musicarta section home page – your portal to all things 12-bar at Musicarta. (The term ‘blues piano’ is often used loosely as a covering term for all 12-bar genres, many a lot livelier than the term ‘blues’ suggests – and many not 12 bars long either!)
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The Musicarta blues piano lessons series kicks off with a lively, 12-bar keyboard riff which you’re sure to recognise. It’s been chosen as an opener for its simplicity and versatility, and it’s called the Moving Pair riff – for reasons which will soon become apparent!
Click through and get started! Good luck, and enjoy!
Related material on Musicarta
If you’re looking for heavier blues keyboard lead lines, click through to the Musicarta Pentatonic Scale Series home page - the minor pentatonic scale is used extensively in the blues, and the Musicarta Pentatonic Series is the definitive Web-based guide to this soloist’s stand-by.
For a bird's-eye view of a lolloping-along bayou-type groove, watch Mister Musicarta's ‘Southern Comfort’ on the Musicarta YouTube channel. (Buttons to click through any time [and subscribe!] in side columns.) Not a twelve-bar - AABAA form, in fact, and more Nora Jones than Delta heavyweight, but there's a MidiPiano performance video and enough clues to make picking it up from the video a possibility.
Musicarta has a steady stream of new material coming online – including 12-bar/blues pages (in preparation). Bookmark the Musicarta blog page and visit regularly to see what’s new, or subscribe to our RSS feed (orange button below the navbar, left) for hassle-free updates.
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