Starts: 21 Sep 2021
Blues Piano 2B
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 convincingly in the right hand
- Accompany yourself with a variety of left-hand patterns
- Display a wide knowledge of different blues piano styles
Class format and activities
Playing and improvising 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, and there will be 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 – and ideally term 1 of this course also. The ability to keep time and good coordination between the hands is important. Familiarity with pieces and topics from the tutor’s book ‘Improvising Blues Piano’ (Schott Music, 1997) will be beneficial.
What you need to know before you enrol
You will be expected to prepare pieces for performance in class, together with other tasks set by the tutor. A commitment to regular, focused practice is essential.
What you need
A good internet connection in the same room as your piano/keyboard. A laptop, computer or tablet and the ability to browse the internet. The ‘Improvising Blues Piano’ book (Schott 1997).
What you can do next
Blues Piano 2C (next term).