How To Play The Blues On The Piano

 

Lesson 1 -  One of the secrets of playing the blues on the piano is learning how to slide off of a black key onto a white key.  Now, a lot of piano players can do this.  But, the problem is that most of them only do it with the middle right hand finger.  To be able to play the blues you have to be able to slide off of any black key with any finger in your right hand.  You just can't confine yourself to your middle finger only.  Because the middle finger limits the range of your blues riff.  However, if you learn how to do a slide with your thumb or index finger you can vastly increase the range and smoothness of your blues riffs.  In this lesson we are going to work on a simple blues riffs for the right hand and we are going to focus on using the right INDEX finger to make the slide from E flat to E natural.  PDF File of the E-Z note sheet music Midi File of the sliding exercise.

Lesson 2 - In this riff, you will still continue to practice with the right hand index finger.  However, we will implement the use of a solid right hand chord in the riff using the same basic finger spread.  PDF File of the EZ note sheet music Midi file of the blues riff.

 Lesson 3 - This blues riff is a simple arpeggio run.  Again, this exercise is reinforcing your development of sliding off the black key with your right index finger.  PDF File of the EZ note sheet music Midi File of the arpeggio run blues riff.

Lesson 4 - This blues riff requires you to slide off of two different black keys.  PDF File of the EZ note sheet music Midi File of the blues riff.

Lesson 5 - This blues riff will introduce the left hand.  The left hand part is pretty easy.  It is just 4 quarter notes played right on the down beat.  The right hand riff starts out with a rest, and this allows the riff to be played off of the beat.  This is the nature of blues.  The melody is primarily played off of the beat and this is called syncopation.  PDF File of the EZ note sheet music Midi File of the blues riff.

Lesson 6 - This is a continuation of lesson 5.  We are just adding a few extra notes to this riff that you studied in lesson 5.  PDF File of the EZ note sheet music Midi Audio File of this blues riff.

Lonely Time Blues - You should be able to take everything you learned from the first 5 lessons and transfer that knowledge to an F chord or a G chord.  Once you do that you are ready to play this simple blues song.  PDF File of the EZ note sheet music Midi Audio File of this blues song.