Jazz Piano School, Ep 22: Intermediate Blues

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Being able to play the blues is an essential skill that you have to have.

Use these tips in the blues to immediately upgrade the blues you play.

How To Upgrade Your Blues

  • Go to the IV chord in the second measure.
  • Add a 2-5 in measure 4 to bring you to the IV chord in measure 5
  • Go to #4o7 in meausre 6, or IV-7.
  • Make your 2 chord dominant in measure 9.

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6 Responses

  1. Hi Brenden, thanks for the great lesson !

    I’ve just realized that instead of thinking of adding the 2nd, 3rd, 3rd and 6th to the F blues scale I can simply thinking of using the blues scale of D – the relative of F.

    Same difference I know, but probably easier to remember.

    Nico

    1. Wow Nico!

      That is a great way to think about it! I can definitely use that with everyone on the site and all my students. Thanks for making that connection. I’ve found that a lot of my students have a hard time learning very similar scales with a couple different notes, but this makes it easy. Thanks again for your comment and contribution.

  2. Hello, Brenden, would it makes sense to think of the 3 -6-2 (I know you are suggesting that we skip the 2 and go right to the 6) as a 2-5-1 to landing on the 2. (Similar to the earlier 5-1-4 landing on the Bb earlier, which was a 2-5-1 landing on the 4).

  3. Hello, Brenden, would it makes sense to think of the 3 -6-2 (I know you are suggesting that we skip the 2 and go right to the 6) as a 2-5-1 to landing on the 2. (Similar to the earlier 5-1-4 landing on the Bb earlier, which was a 2-5-1 landing on the 4).

  4. For me you are the leader!!! I began with some pod cast but now I am taking a look over to ALL of them, you are so good…!! Even If I have been all my life studying music, piano..

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