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Blues & Rock Techniques for Hammond Organ

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7 Videos | Length: 1hr 22min 27sec
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  • Chapter 1 11:20

    Chapter 1

    David welcomes you to the series and discusses about the music he will be using in these videos. David talks about the Hammond, Leslie Speaker and describes how to get started with the Organ.

  • Chapter 2 7:48

    Chapter 2

    In this video, David gets going with a Fast Shuffle using the Hammond. David then breaks down each of the movements and ties it all together.

  • Chapter 3 9:47

    Chapter 3

    Moving forward, David uses the organ as a rhythm instrument and shares techniques that will help add cohesiveness and control to the rhythm.

  • Chapter 4 11:58

    Chapter 4

    David moves on to a Medium Tempo Shuffle in the key of A, again sharing some key advice on keeping rhythm and structure.

  • Chapter 5 16:46

    Chapter 5

    In this video, David talks about the Slow Blues and sustained notes in the key of G.

  • Chapter 6 20:06

    Chapter 6

    David plays through a Funk Rhythm in G minor / C7.

  • Chapter 7 4:42

    Chapter 7

    David recaps the previous videos and plays one last funky jam with the band.

Product Overview


In this Homespun series, you’ll learn to get the thrilling organ sounds that have enhanced blues, jazz, gospel, and rock ’n’ roll throughout the history of popular music. David Cohen shows you how to create those sounds, and how to play the licks and grooves that have made this instrument world famous!

David starts by detailing the parts of the Hammond B-3, the most popular model for this kind of music. (If you don’t have a Hammond B-3, other organ models will work as well.)

For those just starting out, he shows how the presets, drawbars, percussion tablets, vibrato switch, volume pedal, and other devices help create the unique effects for which the organ is known. Then it’s into the music!

Backed by a top New York blues band, David teaches riffs, blues scales, bass lines, chord changes, and turnarounds, along with the specific musical tricks that give the Hammond organ its unique place in the music world.

Taking five distinct pieces—fast and medium tempo shuffles, two funk grooves, and the all-important slow blues—David teaches how to improvise solos, use licks and fills, play a variety of bass lines, and integrate the organ’s exciting sound into a rockin’ blues band!


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