Recorded June 27 in Niagara Falls from the hatchback of a Ford in the parking lot of Duffs Famous Wings with my friend, Jason who deserves mad props for doing this in his home town! Ha! I told him I had about 15 minutes to spare while my family ate their chicken wings inside and ordered for me, and he REALLY came prepared. We met in person for the first time in the restaurant, walked out to his car, and threw it down!
The very talented, and classically-trained Brenda Martin (professor at Point Loma) and I sat down in her San Diego studio to have a lesson recently. The first half of the lesson was spent, discussing many facets of the blues. I decided (with Brenda's permission, of course) to share it with you!
A two-part series about how to improvise over these famous chord changes. In this video, we talk about how to use the blues to make our way over Rhythm Changes and sound super hip. Watch for part two where we will discuss Bebop lines.
By using 3 simple elements, you can take nearly any jazz standard and arrange it for solo piano. Hang out and see how by playing a simple bass line, the melody, some 3rd and 7 comping rhythms, and harmonizing in 3rds and 6ths can transform your playing. Bluesette is a jazz standard, composed by Toots Thielemans. It was composed in the key of B-flat major. First recorded by Toots Thielemans in 1961, with lyrics added by Norman Gimbel, the song became an international hit.
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Taking an example from Oscar Peterson's Boogie Blues Etudes, we learn a couple of simple modifications to take your blues playing to the next level.
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Taking a solo is sooo much like talking to a friend. Come up for air once in awhile and offer something worthwhile to the exchange! Bb blues jazz changes.
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Chances are, if you're a beginning jazzer, you don't swing yet. You may think that you do... but you probably don't yet! I was once you. This is how I learned to swing. Hope it helps all you future swingin cats.
Simple 4 note voicings to comp with your rhythm section over a Bb Blues.
Lyrical Blues from the 3 Sonnies - Sonny Stitt - Sonny Rollins - Sonny Criss - The blues scale is a great tool for beginners, but what do you do to make your solo reach a little further and become memorable? I'm just gonna step back and let Sonny Stitt, Sonny Rollins, and Sonny Criss show you how it's done!
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Just a little reminder to take a good look inside and remember why you are playing music...for the love of it...for the enjoyment...for the FUN!
"Who's Lovin' You" is a Motown soul song, written in 1960 by William "Smokey" Robinson. The song has been recorded by many different artists including The Miracles, who recorded the 1960 original version, The Temptations, The Supremes, Terence Trent D'arby, Brenda and The Tabulations, John Farnham, Human Nature, En Vogue, Michael Bublé and Giorgia Todrani and Jessica Mauboy. The most famous version is attributed to The Jackson 5.
New Orleans blues, is a subgenre of blues music and a variation of Louisiana blues that developed in the 1940s and 1950s in and around the city of New Orleans, rooted by the rich blues roots of the city going back generations earlier. Strongly influenced by jazz and incorporated Caribbean influences, it is dominated by piano and saxophone but has also produced major guitar bluesmen. Major figures in the genre include Professor Longhair and Guitar Slim, who both produced major regional, R&B chart and even mainstream hits.
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Want to add some 16th notes to your blues playing, like a BOSS? Make sure you watch the other 3 videos first and then learn this lick that is sure to boost your blues game!
From Oscar's "Boogie Blues Etudes" , live in London, 1974, we start at 2:10 and learn the walking boogie bass left hand. I found a better video of the concert than I show in the tutorial. This is it: https://youtu.be/SewFqU5SjuE
This video follows this one: https://youtu.be/P4pKqoj1HKI and this time we focus on the right hand! These are some amazingly soulful and bluesy lines by Oscar Peterson! You're going to love it!
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I have loved this ever since I heard it on Eric Clapton's Unplugged album. This is a bluesy, folk-roots style of piano playing I am working on, trying to imitate the guitar picking styles of old masters like Merle Travis.
Just playing a pretty song on a sunny morning. Aimee Nolte Cover: You Don't Know Me (Ray Charles)