Boogie Woogie Basics for Piano

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Boogie Woogie Basics for Piano
File Size :
1.81 GB
Total length :
1h 44m



Willie Myette


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Boogie Woogie Basics for Piano

What you’ll learn

How to play a boogie woogie bassline
How to play and create licks that you can play over that bassline
Different left-hand basslines, right-hand chords and inversions, comping exercises, and using the metronome for practice.
Boogie intros and endings
Practicing with straight eighth notes, as opposed to swing eighth notes, is also covered, as well as how to vary riffs and left-hand basslines
Fundamentals of boogie woogie style, starting with a basic overview of the 12-bar blues structure.

Boogie Woogie Basics for Piano


You should have some basic piano skills and know the notes of the piano.
It is best to have been playing piano for at least 3 months before beginning this lesson.


In this lesson we’re going to be discussing the fundamentals, the building block basics of boogie woogie style. So what I just played for you in the intro is something that in the end, you’re gonna be able to play all the component pieces of what I just did. So the lesson is going to start out with a basic overview, review for some of you of the fundamental structure. So it’s really just the 12 bar blues structure, right. And there’s three inherent chords in that structure, the one chord, the four chord and the five chord. We’re going to talk about the different baselines in the left hand and I’m gonna be playing, we’re gonna talk about what eight to the bar means you’ve maybe heard eight to the bar in reference to boogie woogie music.So we’ll explore some left hand baselines, we’ll explore some right hand, all the chords, all the inversions, some comping exercises, some exercises using the metronome, which you heard me just play with that on purpose. And the reason I did that played the intro with the metronome is because I’m going to be utilizing the metronome quite a bit in these lessons, giving you some things to practice showing you demonstrating, you know, the different ways that you can work with the metronome, putting it on the quarter note, putting on the eighth note, things like that.It’s a really, really valuable tool tool for practicing, especially when so much of what we’re trying to do right now is established that groove that boogie woogie groove, making the right hand and the left hand sort of an entire band when they work together. So we’ll talk about that putting our hands together, getting that groove down using the metronome, we’ll talk about some of the right hand riffs that I was doing, we’re gonna give you a bunch of right hand riffs to practice.And we’ll talk about transposing that riff, you know, from C7, F7, G7. And, of course, all the other keys you’re gonna want to play in, we’re just gonna play and see for this lesson, just for demonstration purposes, we’ll stay in the key of C, but of course, you’re going to want to apply this to all of the keys. So we’ll talk about a bunch of other baselines, some right hand riffs, we’re going to talk about practicing with straight eighth notes, as opposed to swing eighth notes and how to use the metronome to help you to do that.We’ll talk about how to take you know, the basic riffs I’m going to show you and vary them or vary the left hand, you know, taking a riff like this. And, you know, getting into some other riffs. And ultimately, getting into that, you know, really quintessential boogie woogie baseline stuff like that, I’m going to show you a couple scales to think about if you haven’t already, and some ideas to sort of create your own riffs.So, you know, using Blues scales, and sort of knowing the theory behind the chords to create riffs of your own, that you can then use and apply over this 12 Bar form that we’re using over this baseline in the left hand. And then ultimately talking about the importance of having an intro and an ending to any piece that you’re playing not not just hear the boogie woogie style. But you know, in general approaching, pretty much every songThe lesson is about the fundamentals of boogie woogie style, starting with a basic overview of the 12-bar blues structure.There are three inherent chords in the structure: the one chord, the four chord, and the five chord.The lesson covers different left-hand basslines, right-hand chords and inversions, comping exercises, and using the metronome for practice.The metronome is a valuable tool for establishing the groove and getting the left and right hand to work together. We will cover how to use it.The lesson includes several right-hand riffs, and shows how to transpose them to other keys.Practicing with straight eighth notes, as opposed to swing eighth notes, is also covered, as well as how to vary riffs and left-hand basslines.The lesson covers using blues scales and chord theory to create your own riffs.Having an introduction and ending for any piece is important, and the lesson covers conventional endings and the concepts behind them.The lesson provides a lot of information, including deep explanations of each piece of information.The goal is to give students the fundamental skills they need to advance as a player.


Section 1: Introduction

Lecture 1 Introduction

Lecture 2 The Basics

Lecture 3 Getting the Groove

Lecture 4 Right Hand Riff

Lecture 5 More Bass Lines

Lecture 6 Left and Right Hand Variations

Lecture 7 Create Your Own Riffs

Lecture 8 Riff with Comping

Lecture 9 Intros and Endings

If you want to learn the boogie woogie style and have been confused or stuck, this course will teach you step-by-step to get you laying down some serious boogie in no time!,Anyone who wants to learn to play blues piano,Beginners are welcome! The lesson is step-by-step so you’ll get every note!

Course Information:

Udemy | English | 1h 44m | 1.81 GB
Created by: Willie Myette

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