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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

    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.

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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Improvising Know-How: The Blues is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 14 .
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Solid tuition Another guitarist here who likes to play a bit of piano. More now, thanks to Tom. I like these lessons just as a musical journey, as they are easy enough to transpose across instruments. Got me playing more piano, as well as brushing up on guitar, two birds with one stone! Tom is an excellent presenter and a fabulous piano player, with a gift for explanation. This is solid tuition.
Date published: 2021-01-02
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from It's the Blues! I'm a guitar player who enjoys piano. I can play the basic chord shapes. As a big fan of the blues, this is an excellent introduction to the blues piano! As piano is a second instrument for me, I use "Video Surgeon" to slow it down and create loops. I highly recommend "Improvising Know-How: The Blues!"
Date published: 2020-02-17
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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