Join Tricia Woods for an in-depth discussion in this video Blues sounds, part of Beginning Blues Keyboard.
- Now the blues scale seems pretty simple, only six notes,…but we can get a lot of mileage out of those six notes.…One of the ways we do this…is by combining notes out of the scale…to make what I call blues sounds.…Let's learn some sounds from the A blues scale.…First, we'll review the scale.…The root is A, the flat three is C,…the fourth is D, flat five is E flat,…the fifth is E, and the flat seven is G.…
Now just as you did with the C blues scale,…you can play the fingering one, two, three, four,…(playing blues on piano)…one, two.…Cross your thumb under between the E flat and the E.…(playing blues on piano)…Our first blues scale sound…just descends down the scale starting from the flat five.…(playing blues on piano)…It's flat five, four, flat three, one.…
(playing blues on piano)…You here this played as a bunch of 16th notes sometimes.…(playing blues on piano)…And you can combine it…with simpler melodic ideas out of your scale.…(playing blues on piano)…Here's another lick using the flat five…that every blues pianist needs to know.…
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- Labeling the chord and triads
- Triad inversions
- The blues scale and the major pentatonic scale
- Playing off the dominant chord and dominant bass line
- Dominant chord inversions
- Playing off the triad
- Blues fills
- Endings and introductions
- Boogie-woogie bass lines
- Cycle of 5ths and the 6th chord
Skill Level Beginner
1. Blues Harmony
2. Blues Melodies
3. Dominant Chords
5. Turnarounds, Endings, and Introductions
Boogie-woogie bass lines4m 12s
7. Advanced Harmony: Slow Blues
Next steps1m 40s
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