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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Submitted 2 years ago
Great music and history, light on learning
5 stars for the fantastic, timeless, inspiring musicianship and style! 3 stars for the lesson part as there is little theory or discussion driving to real understanding of what is being played.
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