Join Gayle Kowalchyk for an in-depth discussion in this video About the blues, part of Piano Lessons: Teach Yourself to Play.
- The blues is a type of music that has been a part…of the American musical heritage for a long time.…It's called the 12 bar blues,…because the blues chord progression is 12 measures long.…It begins with the one chord,…(piano notes play)…and there's four measures of one.…Then, two measures of four,…(piano notes play)…two measures of one,…(piano notes play)…a measure of five seven,…(piano notes play)…a measure of four,…(piano notes play)…and then it ends with two measures of the one chord.…
I'm a Winner uses the 12 bar blues chord progression,…with a slight variation.…In measures seven and eight, and 11 and 12,…the left hand alternates between the one and four chords,…just to give it a little more musical variety.…Another characteristic of the blues…is that the eighth notes are swung.…To play these swing-style eighth notes,…you'll play your two eighth note groups slightly uneven.…You'll hold the first eighth note a little bit longer,…and make the second eighth note a little bit shorter.…
The chord progression will help prepare you…
- Practicing proper hand technique
- Practicing proper seating position
- Practicing the right-hand C and left-hand C positions
- Melodic intervals
- Harmonic intervals
- B for the left and right hand
- A for the left hand
- Using the damper pedal
- Moving up and down the keyboard in 6ths
- Measuring half steps and whole steps
- Progressions and triplets
Skill Level Beginner
1. The Basics
2. Melodic Intervals
3. Introducing Harmony
4. New Rhythms and Intervals
5. Music Theory
6. Progressions and Triplets
Closing and credits1m 44s
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