When & Where

Quick Facts

  • Availability Yes
  • Tutor Tim Richards
  • Course Code W23JPMB04C
  • Suitable For 19 year olds and up are permitted on this course

What you will learn

Term three of this course for pianists with previous blues piano experience who wish to expand their repertoire, explore new left-hand styles and develop fresh approaches to improvisation. A great opportunity to improve your aural skills, transcribe from recordings, develop your soloing ability and learn more about a wide variety of blues piano styles. Only suitable for those with a strong interest in blues, good L- and R-hand co-ordination and the ability to keep good time. This term the two classes are on consecutive Sundays.

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 convincingly in the right hand
  • Accompany yourself with a variety of left-hand patterns
  • Display a wide knowledge of different blues piano styles


  • Full fee
  • Concession fee
  • 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...

    Entry requirements

    Several years of blues piano study/experience are recommended – plus ideally terms 1 and 2 of this course (classes 1–4). 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

    During the gap between classes you will be expected to prepare at least one performance piece, together with other tasks set by the tutor. A commitment to regular, focused practice is essential.

    What you need

    Manuscript book and pencil, ‘Improvising Blues Piano’ book, audio recording device (optional).

    What you can do next

    Jazz Piano 3 or Jazz Piano 4 at Morley (Wednesday evening).