If you’re a beginner interested in playing jazz, blues, pop, rock, gospel, country, funk, or R&B, one of the most important things on your to-do list should be to make sure you know the blues scale, inside and out! Here’s an in-depth introduction to this awesome tool, complete with tips, some “philosophizing,” and a great blues-scale lick for you to learn.
Hi! This article is Part 4 in a series of lessons on progressions that I’ve created in celebration of the launch of my new ebook and audio package, Better Blues Progressions. Here’s the full series of articles: 1. What is a chord progression? 2. What is the 12-bar blues progression? 3. The Basic 12-Bar Blues Progression 4. The […]
Hi! This article is Part 3 in a series of lessons on progressions that I’ve created in celebration of the launch of my new ebook and audio package, Better Blues Progressions. Here’s the full series of articles: 1. What is a chord progression? 2. What is the 12-bar blues progression? 3. The Basic 12-Bar Blues Progression 4. The […]
Hi! In celebration of the launch of my new suite, Better Blues Progressions, I thought it’d be a great idea to talk about the 12-bar blues progression in general. The blues is a wonderfully rich and diverse art form- tons of fun to play- and the 12-bar blues progression is a hugely important part of it. If […]
A “progression” is a series of chords. You know, like C major to D minor to F major. Progressions can be found in most every piece of music, and studying them is very important to the developing musician. How progressions “look” Progressions can be represented on paper in different ways. Let’s use our C major to D […]
Our journey through the 12-Bar Blues continues, this time at the advanced level. I take an in-depth look at three great techniques, and talk about how you can learn more.
Here we continue our adventure through the 12-bar blues progression, this time taking up the conversation at the intermediate level. Check it out!
In this episode we begin a tour of the 12-bar blues form. We start basically from scratch, and finish with at least five different ways that you can play! Fun, fun!
It’s our first topical episode, and it’s all about major triads, for ALL levels- beginners, intermediate players, and advanced players. And it’s so packed that it’s been split into two parts. This part goes through the end of the section for beginners. Check it out!
How about a classical Noodle? Coming right up!
Part 2 of our journey through “Climb, Dive, Swim!” Here we take it to a new level, exploring some very advanced-sounding options that really jazz up your playing. Check it out!
Let’s play some jazz! This is Part 1 of a two-part series exploring a jazz Noodle, “Climb, Dive, Swim!” In this episode, we learn the basics of the Noodle, with plenty of discussion and examples.
Time to make some music! Here we cover Chapters 2 and 3 of Instant Noodles for Piano. You’ll learn to play some music in a pretty, pop piano style.
Congratulations! If you’re reading this, that means that you’ve finished reading Instant Noodles for Piano, Appetizer Edition! Now, what’s better than enjoying reading a book? How about sharing your thoughts about it with others? I’ll be the first to admit that INFP offers a unique way of learning, which may be difficult for those who […]
This time, you get to suggest where the lesson goes!
What if you’ve never played piano at all before?