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Improvising Know-How: The Blues

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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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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JGNelson
Submitted 3 months ago

Excellent ... but ...

I wish HomeSpun lessons had a VIRTUAL PIANO and notes, like some of the other lessons I see on youtube. I would give it a 5 + if they did.

I am a: Student, Musician


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Improvising Know-How: The Blues
Submitted 2 years ago

Perfectly suited to my situation.

There were many great ideas presented, but the suggested exercises were extremely helpful. I also learned a lot watching Tom play in than effortless style. The camera position was great.

I am a: Hobbyist, Musician, Reason


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BBOBBYB
Submitted 3 years ago

BEYOUND FANTASTIC The Blues WITH

JUST WHAT I NEEDED

I am a: Hobbyist, Musician, Ableton Live, Cakewalk Sonar, Reason


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mr_music09
Submitted 3 years ago

Improvising Know-How: The Blues

I found this video to be informative and appropriate for my skill level.


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jeekem
Submitted 3 years ago

A great starting point

I'm not a piano player- at all, but I've always wanted to know some of the basic left hand patterns for basic blues. I was able to pick up the rudiments pretty quickly with this video - quicker than any of the books or other videos I've attempted to wade through. This gets right down to the real nitty gritty yall.

I am a: Hobbyist, Musician


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teramama
Submitted 3 years ago

breaking it down nicely

Makes it easy to understand, I look forward to learning more

I am a: Beginner, Student


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Audios
Submitted 3 years ago

Please, sir, could I have some more?

I've been playing the piano and taking lessons (mostly jazz standards and some blues) for many years but I still got excited by, dare I say, the relatively simple playing in the video (e.g. it's not particularly fast, complex, or involving huge stride jumps). It just sounds so beautiful. I'll never be a pro as my hands aren't the most nimble but it was inspiring to see something that appears to be within reach, especially since the playing was very clearly explained and broken down into manageable pieces. I think Tom Regis has done a great job and I wish there were more of his videos available on Groove3. Highly recommended.

I am a: Hobbyist


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222 STAPLES STREET
Submitted 3 years ago

IMPROVISING KNOW HOW: THE BLUES

THIS IS A WONDERFUL EXAMPLE OF EXPLAINING WHAT I THOUGHT I KNEW.

I am a: Semi-Pro, Musician, Sound Designer


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Yyoo
Submitted 3 years ago

Always

This learning courses keep it high of quality. Thanks

I am a: Beat Maker


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Dreb
Submitted 3 years ago

Wow!

Great info here, and explained very clearly. Everything you'll need to play authentic blues piano.

I am a: Semi-Pro, Audio Engineer, Musician


Ease of Use
 
 
 
 
 
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JGNelson
Submitted 3 months ago

Excellent ... but ...

I wish HomeSpun lessons had a VIRTUAL PIANO and notes, like some of the other lessons I see on youtube. I would give it a 5 + if they did.

I am a: Student, Musician

Ease of Use
 
 
 
 
 
Quality of Videos
 
 
 
 
 
Value of Training
 
 
 
 
 
Access to Videos
 
 
 
 
 

Improvising Know-How: The Blues
Submitted 2 years ago

Perfectly suited to my situation.

There were many great ideas presented, but the suggested exercises were extremely helpful. I also learned a lot watching Tom play in than effortless style. The camera position was great.

I am a: Hobbyist, Musician, Reason

Ease of Use
 
 
 
 
 
Quality of Videos
 
 
 
 
 
Value of Training
 
 
 
 
 
Access to Videos
 
 
 
 
 

BBOBBYB
Submitted 3 years ago

BEYOUND FANTASTIC The Blues WITH

JUST WHAT I NEEDED

I am a: Hobbyist, Musician, Ableton Live, Cakewalk Sonar, Reason

Ease of Use
 
 
 
 
 
Quality of Videos
 
 
 
 
 
Value of Training
 
 
 
 
 
Access to Videos
 
 
 
 
 

mr_music09
Submitted 3 years ago

Improvising Know-How: The Blues

I found this video to be informative and appropriate for my skill level.

Ease of Use
 
 
 
 
 
Quality of Videos
 
 
 
 
 
Value of Training
 
 
 
 
 
Access to Videos
 
 
 
 
 

jeekem
Submitted 3 years ago

A great starting point

I'm not a piano player- at all, but I've always wanted to know some of the basic left hand patterns for basic blues. I was able to pick up the rudiments pretty quickly with this video - quicker than any of the books or other videos I've attempted to wade through. This gets right down to the real nitty gritty yall.

I am a: Hobbyist, Musician

Ease of Use
 
 
 
 
 
Quality of Videos
 
 
 
 
 
Value of Training
 
 
 
 
 
Access to Videos
 
 
 
 
 

teramama
Submitted 3 years ago

breaking it down nicely

Makes it easy to understand, I look forward to learning more

I am a: Beginner, Student

Ease of Use
 
 
 
 
 
Quality of Videos
 
 
 
 
 
Value of Training
 
 
 
 
 
Access to Videos
 
 
 
 
 

Audios
Submitted 3 years ago

Please, sir, could I have some more?

I've been playing the piano and taking lessons (mostly jazz standards and some blues) for many years but I still got excited by, dare I say, the relatively simple playing in the video (e.g. it's not particularly fast, complex, or involving huge stride jumps). It just sounds so beautiful. I'll never be a pro as my hands aren't the most nimble but it was inspiring to see something that appears to be within reach, especially since the playing was very clearly explained and broken down into manageable pieces. I think Tom Regis has done a great job and I wish there were more of his videos available on Groove3. Highly recommended.

I am a: Hobbyist

Ease of Use
 
 
 
 
 
Quality of Videos
 
 
 
 
 
Value of Training
 
 
 
 
 
Access to Videos
 
 
 
 
 

222 STAPLES STREET
Submitted 3 years ago

IMPROVISING KNOW HOW: THE BLUES

THIS IS A WONDERFUL EXAMPLE OF EXPLAINING WHAT I THOUGHT I KNEW.

I am a: Semi-Pro, Musician, Sound Designer

Ease of Use
 
 
 
 
 
Quality of Videos
 
 
 
 
 
Value of Training
 
 
 
 
 
Access to Videos
 
 
 
 
 

Yyoo
Submitted 3 years ago

Always

This learning courses keep it high of quality. Thanks

I am a: Beat Maker

Ease of Use
 
 
 
 
 
Quality of Videos
 
 
 
 
 
Value of Training
 
 
 
 
 
Access to Videos
 
 
 
 
 

Dreb
Submitted 3 years ago

Wow!

Great info here, and explained very clearly. Everything you'll need to play authentic blues piano.

I am a: Semi-Pro, Audio Engineer, Musician

Ease of Use
 
 
 
 
 
Quality of Videos
 
 
 
 
 
Value of Training
 
 
 
 
 
Access to Videos
 
 
 
 
 

1. When did you start dabbling in music? I sat on my mom's lap when I was three while she played Chopin's Fantasie Impromptu, Beethoven's Sonata Pathetique, and Flight of the Bumble Bee. I started classical piano training at age 6, about the same time I was hearing the music of the Beatles on the Ed Sullivan show. Drum lessons came at age 8.

2. What training have you had? New England Conservatory of Music, Boston, Massachusetts, Bachelor of Music, with distinction award, Classical Piano with Nevarte Adrian, Madame Chaloff, Thomas Stumpf, Deborah Moriarity, Leonard Shure, and Yoriko Takahashi. Jazz Piano with Ran Blake, Charlie Banacos, and Jaki Byard. Schoenberg Theory of (diatonic) Harmony with Joe Manieri.

3. When did you get into recording? First recording was with a sound on sound 2 track reel to reel probably when I was 12 or so. Then later on to a 4 track Tascam cassette machine, an 8 track Fostex reel to reel, then 24 track 2 inch tape recording at Elias associates in NY, to 32 track Digital Mitsubishi (tape) in Los Angeles, and of course, on to the world of computers from Atari to Mac to PC back to Mac, and oh, wishing I owned a 16 track 2 inch!

4. People you have worked with/for? Michael Brecker, Will Lee, Phoebe Snow, Jeff Miranov, Sid McGinnis, Patti Austin, Tone Loc, Rafi, Rita Marley, Johnny Clegg and Savuka, Gilberto Gil, Celia Cruz, Eddie Gomez, Marcus Miller, Marianne Faithful, Ofra Haza, Ron Carter . . .

5. Why are you so good at training people? My outstanding personality! Studying both jazz and classical music has given me a broad understanding of the fundamentals of music. I try to convey these fundamentals as clearly as possible, and also to remember that music is primarily about inspiration - you get the technical understanding so that part becomes transparent, and the rest can flow.

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Improvising Know-How: The Blues is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 12 .
Rated 4.0 out of 5 by from Excellent ... but ... I wish HomeSpun lessons had a VIRTUAL PIANO and notes, like some of the other lessons I see on youtube. I would give it a 5 + if they did.
Date published: 2019-07-12
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Perfectly suited to my situation. There were many great ideas presented, but the suggested exercises were extremely helpful. I also learned a lot watching Tom play in than effortless style. The camera position was great.
Date published: 2017-08-18
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from BEYOUND FANTASTIC The Blues WITH JUST WHAT I NEEDED
Date published: 2017-04-06
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Improvising Know-How: The Blues I found this video to be informative and appropriate for my skill level.
Date published: 2017-03-24
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from A great starting point I'm not a piano player- at all, but I've always wanted to know some of the basic left hand patterns for basic blues. I was able to pick up the rudiments pretty quickly with this video - quicker than any of the books or other videos I've attempted to wade through. This gets right down to the real nitty gritty yall.
Date published: 2017-03-20
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from breaking it down nicely Makes it easy to understand, I look forward to learning more
Date published: 2017-02-28
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Please, sir, could I have some more? I've been playing the piano and taking lessons (mostly jazz standards and some blues) for many years but I still got excited by, dare I say, the relatively simple playing in the video (e.g. it's not particularly fast, complex, or involving huge stride jumps). It just sounds so beautiful. I'll never be a pro as my hands aren't the most nimble but it was inspiring to see something that appears to be within reach, especially since the playing was very clearly explained and broken down into manageable pieces. I think Tom Regis has done a great job and I wish there were more of his videos available on Groove3. Highly recommended.
Date published: 2017-02-26
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from IMPROVISING KNOW HOW: THE BLUES THIS IS A WONDERFUL EXAMPLE OF EXPLAINING WHAT I THOUGHT I KNEW.
Date published: 2017-02-22
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Always This learning courses keep it high of quality. Thanks
Date published: 2017-02-21
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Five Stars! More, more, more... Tom's presentation is excellent, clearly makes sense, a comprehensive study that is easy to understand and follow. Can't wait for more!
Date published: 2017-02-18
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Wow! Great info here, and explained very clearly. Everything you'll need to play authentic blues piano.
Date published: 2017-02-18
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Clear and Useful This is an excellent beginning tutorial to the blues. The instructor speaks and instructs clearly. I just wish the series had a few more lessons.
Date published: 2017-02-17
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