Starts: 21 Sep 2021
Blues Piano 2A
What you will learn
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 blues piano styles
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...
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.