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The Blues-Rock Piano of Johnnie Johnson

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6 Videos | Length: 1hr 1min 36sec
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  • Chapter 1 11:47

    Chapter 1

    Johnnie and the band start off with a rockin' blues jam. Johnnie then describes some of his history and how be became one of the greatest Blues Rock Pianist.

  • Chapter 2 17:10

    Chapter 2

    Johnnie shows us a "Boogie Woogie" and then breaks down his performance and scopes in on a few signature styles.

  • Chapter 3 10:57

    Chapter 3

    Johnnie plays a slower blues tune and then talks about how to approach it for yourself. Johnnie talks about the first things he learned then gives us some more awesome performances.

  • Chapter 4 4:44

    Chapter 4

    In this video, Johnnie and the band speed things up with some rockabilly, and then talk about the correlation between hillbilly and rockabilly.

  • Chapter 5 5:51

    Chapter 5

    Johnnie gives us another performance before helping us understand his fingerings and rumba rhythms.

  • Chapter 6 11:07

    Chapter 6

    This video starts off with Johnnie and the band giving another performance. He then talks about horn sections when he plays with them. Johnnie gives us more in depth history about blues and a few final words before they give us one last jam.

Product Overview

Take a lesson with a true legend of American popular music! This Homespun video series gives a rare, up-close look into the style and technique of the man who co-wrote and played on all of Chuck Berry's biggest rock 'n' roll hits, including Back in the USA, Memphis, Tennessee, Sweet Little Sixteen, Roll Over Beethoven, Rock & Roll Music, and Berry's tribute to Johnnie, Johnny B. Goode.

In a conversation with pianist/teacher David Bennett Cohen and guitarist Jimmy Vivino, and backed up by a top New York rhythm section, Johnnie breaks down his songs and grooves for blues piano enthusiasts, giving insights into his musical ideas and the history of rock and blues music.

Unique overhead camera angles provides a clear view of how Johnnie improvises the bass lines, chordal figures and lead parts that have made him so popular among musicians and fans alike. He performs each tune with the band, then patiently plays each one as slowly as possible for the sake of the learning pianist.

Johnnie then performs and talks about a variety of powerful grooves including boogie woogie, slow blues, rumba rhythm, medium-tempo blues shuffle, rockabilly-style groove and more. If you’re looking for repertoire-building piano ideas and techniques, look no further… Watch “The Blues-Rock Piano of Johnnie Johnson”

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