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Improvising Know-How: The Blues

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4 Videos | Length: 41min 45sec
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  • Intro to the Blues 12:09

    Intro to the Blues

    Tom welcomes you and introduces a basic left hand pattern and lays out the structure of the 12 Bar and 8 Bar blues forms. Tom also emphasizes the importance of hearing the transitions between the chords.

  • The Blues Scale 7:12

    The Blues Scale

    Tom now reviews the left hand comping pattern, and introduces two blues scales and the "in-between notes" that help provide an authentic vocabulary when improvising in the blues. Tom then explains how it's important to "hear" and conceptualize the vocal quality of the blues scales, as well as the importance of listening to the masters.

  • Blues Expressions 12:23

    Blues Expressions

    Tom recaps the right hand scales and note choices, and now introduces blues expressions, those subtle shapes and note choices that help flavor the sound. An additional exercise is also suggested to inject a bit of Count Basie feel into the mix.

  • 2 Note Left Hand Voicings 10:01

    2 Note Left Hand Voicings

    Tom examines five simple 2 note left hand voicings that can be used to accompany melodies in the right hand, and as part of building larger chords with both hands. Real-world playing applications are explored as well as simple theory.

Product Overview


In these simplified video tutorials, piano master Tom Regis lays out the basics of the blues structure, simple left hand comping, and scales and blues expressions for the right hand so you can start playing authentic Blues right away!

In these videos Tom breaks down the Blues scale, reveals the "in-between" notes, discusses note choices, and reveals how to create chord shapes and the "must know" left hand voicings and more.

See the individual tutorial descriptions below for more info. If you're ready to get the Blues, hang with Tom Regis and watch "Improvising Know-How: The Blues" today!


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