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Hal Leonard Book

Blues Piano

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Author: Mark Harrison

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Table of Contents

Introduction
What Is the Blues?
Scales and Chords
Major Scales And Modes
Pentatonic And Blues Scales
Triads And Seventh Chords
Using Mixolydian Modes With Dominant Chords
Using Pentatonic & Blues Scales With Dominant Chords
Blues Progressions and Left-Hand Patterns
The Twelve-Bar Blues
Left-Hand Patterns–group One
Left-Hand Patterns–group Two
Left-Hand Patterns–group Three
Left-Hand Patterns–group Four
Walking Bass Lines
Blues Voicings and Comping
Triad Voicings
Dominant Seventh And Ninth Voicings
"backcycled" Triad Voicings
Mixolydian Third Intervals And Patterns
Mixolydian Triad Patterns
"seven-Three" Voicings
Blues Endings And Turnarounds
Right-Hand Techniques and Soloing
Grace-Note Phrases
Parallel Thirds And Sixths
Mixolydian Sixths
Drone Notes Within Blues Scales
Drone Notes With Half-Step Connecting Lines
Combining Blues Scales When Soloing
Octave Runs Using Blues Scales
Crossover Or "resolving" Blues Licks
Tremolos Or "rolls"
"cluster" Voicings And Arpeggios
Style File
1. Meade's Boogie
2. Chicago Breakup
3. Every Night I Have The Blues
4. Joe's Jump
5. Fat Cat Blues
6. Mardi Gras Groove
7. Blue Stone Rock

Ever wanted to play the blues, but weren't sure where to start? Blues Piano will teach you the basic skills you need.

From comping to soloing, you'll learn the theory, the tools, and even the tricks that the pros use. And, you get seven complete tunes to jam on. Just listen to the audio imbedded in the digital book, then start playing along!

You'll learn: scales and chords; left-hand patterns; walking bass; endings and turnarounds; right-hand techniques; how to solo with blues scales; crossover licks; and much more.

Time to get the Blues!

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Submitted 1 week ago

Careful, step-by-step working through creating a full blues piece

What I really like about this book is that it works through ideas in a stepwise fashion that lets you work on one aspect of blues piano at a time, gradually increasing the difficulty level of balancing out rhythms and melodic fragments in the two hands. It works best if you have a computer monitor right next to your keyboard so that you can plan along with the recorded samples. Playing with the recorded audio is helpful to me for sticking to the tempo, relaxing into the groove. I only wish you could add books to your list of favorites or your history - I have to search to find this book each time I want to work on another section.

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Thanks for your review! Yes, there should be a favorites option for the books. We are working on the fix now. Thanks!
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Mark Harrison is a professional keyboardist, composer/arranger, and music educator/author based in Los Angeles. He has worked with top musicians such as Jay Graydon (Steely Dan), John Molo (Bruce Hornsby band), Jimmy Haslip (Yellowjackets), and numerous others. Mark currently performs with his own contemporary jazz band (the Mark Harrison Quintet) as well as with the Steely Dan tribute band Doctor Wu. His TV music credits include

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    Blues Piano will teach you the basic skills you need, from comping to soloing, the theory, the tools, and even the tricks that the pros use to play the Blues. You get seven complete tunes to jam on, just listen to the audio, then start playing along!

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Blues Piano is rated 5.0 out of 5 by 1 .
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Careful, step-by-step working through creating a full blues piece What I really like about this book is that it works through ideas in a stepwise fashion that lets you work on one aspect of blues piano at a time, gradually increasing the difficulty level of balancing out rhythms and melodic fragments in the two hands. It works best if you have a computer monitor right next to your keyboard so that you can plan along with the recorded samples. Playing with the recorded audio is helpful to me for sticking to the tempo, relaxing into the groove. I only wish you could add books to your list of favorites or your history - I have to search to find this book each time I want to work on another section.
Date published: 1969-12-31
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