When & Where

Quick Facts

  • Availability Late starts accepted
  • Tutor Tim Richards
  • Course Code W22JPMB02A
  • Suitable For 19 year olds and up are permitted on this course

What you will learn

A hands-on class for pianists with previous blues piano experience who wish to expand their repertoire, explore new left-hand styles and develop their improvisation skills. This term focuses on general boogie skills, before moving on to more specialised areas in terms 2 and 3.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Perform a number of blues pieces in a range of styles and keys
  • Improvise fluently in the right hand against a variety of left-hand 'boogie' patterns
  • Accompany others using two hands (eg: bass and chords) in several styles and keys
  • Show a reasonable knowledge of different boogie piano styles


  • Full fee
  • Concession fee
  • Class format and activities

    The class is held in a keyboard room; each student has their own digital piano. Two acoustic pianos are also available for students who wish to play duets. You will play and improvise blues in various keys and styles in the company of other like-minded pianists. Time will also be spent listening to and copying masters of the genre. Each term has a different theme, and there is scope for individuals to pursue their own study projects, perhaps focusing on a particular pianist, left-hand style or genre, eg: boogie-woogie, New Orleans, jazz, gospel, funk, etc...

    Entry requirements

    Several years of blues piano study/experience are recommended – at least completion of the Blues Piano 1A, 1B and 1C courses at Morley. The ability to keep time consistently is important, as is good coordination between the hands. Familiarity with pieces and topics from Chapters 1-3 of the tutor’s book ‘Improvising Blues Piano’ (Schott Music, 1997) is assumed.

    What you need to know before you enrol

    A commitment to regular, focused practice is essential. You will be given assignments from week to week.

    What you need

    The ‘Improvising Blues Piano’ book (available from all good music shops or from the tutor). Copies can also be borrowed from Morley Library.

    What you can do next

    Blues Piano 2B (next term) and 2C (summer term). Although not a direct progression, Jazz Piano 3 or Jazz Piano 4 at Morley (Wednesday evenings) is another possibility.