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5 Tips to get the blues sound fast

PostPosted: Thu Aug 03, 2006 5:27 pm
by outstretchedarm
Can somebody (or more than one person) suggest tips/techniques for getting a blues sound....I've been trying to learn blues piano but I need some help from some pro's

the more specific the better

tanks!

PostPosted: Fri Aug 04, 2006 4:18 am
by ricochet
Good blues piano lessons online here: http://www.playpianotoday.com/blues/index5.swf

PostPosted: Fri Aug 04, 2006 6:43 pm
by outstretchedarm
thanks for the tip

PostPosted: Fri Aug 04, 2006 6:54 pm
by jeffl
Hey arm...the part of your original post that threw me was "fast". I've been screwing around on keyboards for about 40 years,as my 2nd instrument, and I'm still workin' on gettin' those blues licks down. I'm only partly fluent in 2 keys,and know some licks in about 5 keys,and can play scales in 12 keys,but it's been a long haul. I've been workin' through a book that one of the guys who used to post here recommended: "Blues Piano" by Mark Harrison (Hal Leonard Publishing). The notation is highly accurate,which is not always true of Hal Leonard stuff,and it really takes ya' through a bunch of different styles,including the various left hand rhythms and lines. It's fulla different scales as well. But,it ain't fast,in my experience. We don't have a good jazz/blues instructor left in my town,with a performing background, or I'd be tempted to take on a coach.

PostPosted: Tue Aug 08, 2006 6:39 pm
by outstretchedarm
i here ya. sometimes, though, somebody can just drop a trick on you thats like, so simpleand taes your playing to another level.

those are good.

PostPosted: Tue Aug 08, 2006 7:22 pm
by jeffl
outstretchedarm wrote:i here ya. sometimes, though, somebody can just drop a trick on you thats like, so simpleand taes your playing to another level.

those are good.
That's a good point.... that's another reason why it's helpful when you can watch guys do stuff. One of the issues I have is that there's different things you can do depending on whether you're playing alone,or playing with a band. I've never gigged on piano alone (except for solo ballads that I've written) ,but I work on tunes alone at home alot. There are things you can do with two hands on the upper registers when you're playing with a band that you can't do when you're playing alone and trying to supply the bottom with you're left hand. Chord voicings are critical too, and different voicings are important to know when you're moving thru different phrases of the music. Some chord voices put your hands in positions that are difficult to transition out of,especially if you're moving to a riff that requires a crossover during the riff. You may have to start the next riff with the wrong fingers if you don't take the preceding chord voicing into consideration.

PostPosted: Mon Aug 21, 2006 1:55 pm
by outstretchedarm
outstretchedarm wrote:thanks for the tip


wow thanks. these were some good lessons. I ate'em up (all the free ones that is).

can someone point me to some more lessons like these?

PostPosted: Tue Nov 07, 2006 4:56 pm
by BadBoyJones
http://www.pgmusic.com/riffaday_eb.php?riff=3

this is one good site if you know how to read the notes. I dont :roll:

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 17, 2009 7:28 am
by Gtrist
ricochet wrote:Good blues piano lessons online here: http://www.playpianotoday.com/blues/index5.swf


Sorry, if I shouldn't be bringing back an old thread like this, but it is still high up on the list on the piano page.
I've always enjoyed listening to blues piano, and now that I've inherited one--nothing special, but a piano just the same, I want to try playing it myself. I did take some lessons as a kid, and have dabbled with keyboard instruments over the years. I remember the theory, but will need to work on the technique a bit.

The piano has had time to get acclimated to my place, and the next step is the tuner, then I'll be checking out my old piano books, some piano books from the library, and that link--which is still active, and then I'll see if I need to buy anything or not.

Thanks for the link.

I just hope my guitars forgive me for seeing another instrument. :wink:

Re: 5 Tips to get the blues sound fast

PostPosted: Tue Feb 17, 2009 12:05 pm
by ricochet
Nothing wrong with playing multiple instruments. You gain a lot from the cross-fertilization IMO. I think it's better to define yourself as a musician than as a player of a particular instrument.

Re: 5 Tips to get the blues sound fast

PostPosted: Wed Feb 18, 2009 6:56 am
by Gtrist
That's why I gave piano a try as a kid.

Guitar was more my thing, but I've tried to expand.

I can butcher a mean harmonica too. :wink:

If I had the time I'd be playing guitar & bass better, plus lap steel, square neck dobro, dulcimer, samisen, mandolin, piano, harmonica, and a variety of guitar like instruments.