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The Piano Styles of Dr. John

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    Tutorial 1

    Early Influences

    4:39

    The tutorial starts with Dr. John playing an intro piece and then discussing what inspired him early on.

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    Tutorial 2

    Texas Boogie

    4:03

    In this video Dr John talks about how he was shown the Texas Boogie at an early age and goes over some of the techniques he developed from that.

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    Tutorial 3

    Swanee River Boogie

    4:35

    The Swannee River Boogie is used in the video to show case rolls and turn-a-rounds.

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    Tutorial 4

    Pete Johnson's Blues

    2:32

    Dr. John shows what he likes about Pete Johnson’s Blues.

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    Tutorial 5

    Mess Around (Cow Cow Boogie)

    3:35

    The origin of Mess Around, Cow Cow Boogie, is played and broken down.

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    Tutorial 6

    Big Chief

    2:18

    Dr. John plays Big Chief and goes over the parts that impressed him when he first heard it.

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    Tutorial 7

    Buddy Bolden's Blues

    3:15

    Here he goes over the interesting style of Buddy Bolden Blues.

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    Tutorial 8

    St. James Infirmary

    0:53

    St. James Infirmary is played and briefly discussed in this video.

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    Tutorial 9

    Didn't He Ramble

    2:44

    In this video, Dr. John reminisces over Didn’t He Ramble.

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    Tutorial 10

    Five Nights Drunk

    3:17

    Here he plays another minstrel, Five Nights Drunk.

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    Tutorial 11

    Cold Black Night & Hoodoo Man

    2:54

    Dr. John plays Cold Black Night and Hoodoo Man showing how he adds his own flavor to the originals.

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    Tutorial 12

    When The Saints Go Marching In

    1:38

    The Saints Go Marching In is played in a uniquely Dr. John way.

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    Tutorial 13

    Wade In The Water

    4:46

    Here, Wade in the Water is played in multiple versions.

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    Tutorial 14

    Tuts Washington's Blues

    3:31

    Dr. John plays Tuts Washington Blues the way it was shown to him.

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    Tutorial 15

    Butterfly Stride Piano

    2:25

    One of the songs shown to him early on was Butterfly Stride Piano.

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    Tutorial 16

    Qualified

    2:39

    Dr. John plays Qualified in his own way.

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    Tutorial 17

    Careless Love

    3:23

    In this video he goes over the different ways he plays Careless Love.

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    Tutorial 18

    Cry Me a River

    5:22

    Cry Me a River is played with an adapted style.

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    Tutorial 19

    Senor Blues

    1:32

    Dr. John shows why he feels Señor Blues has the perfect blend between the bass line and melody.

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    Tutorial 20

    It's All About Me

    3:12

    It’s All About Me is played using generous pedal tones.

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    Tutorial 21

    Lloyd Glenn Voicings

    1:33

    Dr. John shows the Lloyd Glenn Voicings and talks about how he incorporates it into his style of playing.

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    Tutorial 22

    Love, Life, and Money

    3:20

    Love, Life, and Money is played with a different arrangement.

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    Tutorial 23

    Show Me How

    5:43

    Show Me How is played and discussed for it’s uniqueness.

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    Tutorial 24

    Need Your Love So Bad

    3:05

    Dr. John shows why he likes the song Need Your Love So Bad.

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    Tutorial 25

    A World I Never Made

    4:42

    The song A World I Never Made is played and the music as well as the lyrics are discussed.

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    Tutorial 26

    Lonely Avenue

    1:49

    Lonely Avenue is played and shown why it’s one of the all time most quoted melodies.

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    Tutorial 27

    Next Time You See Me

    1:39

    Dr. John plays and praises Next Time you See Me.

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    Tutorial 28

    Ray Charles Intro

    0:47

    The Ray Charles Intro is shown.

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    Tutorial 29

    Don't Let The Sun Catch You Crying

    1:39

    Different ways of playing Don’t Let the Sun Catch You Crying are played.

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    Tutorial 30

    Stone Cold Dead in the Market

    1:20

    Dr. John plays what he calls a ‘great song’... Stone Cold Dead in the Market.

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    Tutorial 31

    Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out

    2:44

    Nobody Knows You When You’re Down and Out is played.

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    Tutorial 32

    Don't Roll Those Bloodshot Eyes at Me

    1:37

    The shuffle Don’t Roll Those Bloodshot Eye’s at Me is played and discussed.

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    Tutorial 33

    Since I Fell For You

    2:13

    Dr. John plays Since I Fell For You and talks about how it had a big influence on him.

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    Tutorial 34

    Mercy, Mercy

    2:19

    Mercy Mercy is played and Dr. John talks about how much he likes the main riff.

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    Tutorial 35

    One Naughty Flat

    2:05

    Originally written to be a guitar duo, One Naughty Flat is played on the piano.

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    Tutorial 36

    Solitude

    5:42

    The ‘old piece’ Solitude’ is played in the Dr. John style.

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    Tutorial 37

    Don't Get Around Much Anymore

    1:49

    Don’t Get Around Much Anymore is played with enthusiasm .

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    Tutorial 38

    Auld Lang Syne

    2:04

    Dr. John closes out the tutorial with a final song.

In this vintage Homespun video series, sit down with Mac Rebennack (a.k.a. Dr John) as he performs his remarkable music, discusses his influences, and shares early musical memories and intriguing stories of a life in the music business.

The two-time Grammy Award winner and celebrated ambassador of New Orleans music covers more than thirty songs in this two-hour session, from traditional blues to his sophisticated arrangements of songs by composers such as Cole Porter, Duke Ellington and Doc Pomus. Our overhead camera provides up-close views of his hands as Mac plays the licks, turnarounds, chord progressions and unique voicings that make him an incomparably influential musician.

The material in this video series represents a goldmine of musical knowledge and a rare opportunity to hear Dr John's solo piano (he does not normally perform without a band). It can be viewed and studied as an in-depth master class, or can be watched and enjoyed for its documentary and entertainment value alone. Either way, this session will provide many hours of fascinating viewing and listening for Mac's legions of avid fans.

Songs include: Texas Boogie, Swanee River Boogie, Pete Johnson's Blues, Mess Around (Cow Cow Blues), Big Chief, Buddy Bolden's Blues, St,.James Infirmary, Didn't He Ramble, Five Nights Drunk, Cold Black Night & Hoodoo Man, When the Saints Go Marching In, Wade in the Water, Tuts Washington's Boogie, Qualified, Careless Love, Cry Me a River, It's All Right with Me, Love, Life & Money, I Need Your Love So Bad, A World I Never Made, Lonely Avenue, Next Time You See Me, Don't Let the Sun Catch You Crying, Stone Cold Dead in the Market, Nobody Knows You When You're Down & Out, Since I Fell For You, Mercy Mercy, Solitude, Don't get Around Much Anymore, Auld Lang Syne, and more!

Sheldon E
Submitted 4 months ago

It was just what I was looking for.

I wanted something I could show to my 14 year old and there is no better than Dr. John for the style and in the videos I watched he explained very well and the visual was great.

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Audios
Submitted 9 months ago

No tutorial but still fabulous to watch and disect

The vids are short and sweet, almost exclusively of the man playing his favorite tunes with tiny tidbits of song backgrounds. The vids aren't a how-to in any sense (so probably not very useful to beginners) but if you have some theory, you can watch closely and figure out what rhythms, scales and harmony he uses, all of which makes his playing so wonderful. The overhead shots are very good in terms of capturing what he's playing including all the way down to the lowest keys (I've seen others elsewhere that cut off the top and bottom of the keyboard!)

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Malcolm John "Mac" Rebennack (born November 21, 1940), better known by the stage name Dr. John, is an American singer, songwriter, voice actor, pianist, and guitarist, whose music combines blues, pop, jazz, zydeco, boogie woogie, and rock and roll. Active as a session musician since the late 1950s, he gained a cult following in the late 1960s following the release of his album Gris-Gris and his appearance at the Bath Festival of Blues and Progressive Music. He performed a wildly theatrical stage show inspired by medicine shows, Mardi Gras costumes, and voodoo ceremonies. Rebennack has recorded more than 20 albums and in 1973 scored a top-20 hit with "Right Place Wrong Time". The winner of six Grammy Awards, Rebennack was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame by singer John Legend on March 14, 2011.[2] In May 2013, Rebennack was the recipient of an honorary doctorate of fine arts from Tulane University. He was jokingly referred to by Tulane's president, Scott Cowen, as "Dr. Dr. John".

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    tutorial video

    The Piano Styles of Dr. John

    In this vintage Homespun video series, sit down with Mac Rebennack (a.k.a. Dr John) as he performs his remarkable music, discusses his influences, and shares early musical memories and intriguing stories of a life in the music business.

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The Piano Styles of Dr. John is rated 5.0 out of 5 by 3.
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from It was just what I was looking for. I wanted something I could show to my 14 year old and there is no better than Dr. John for the style and in the videos I watched he explained very well and the visual was great.
Date published: 2017-10-25
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from No tutorial but still fabulous to watch and disect The vids are short and sweet, almost exclusively of the man playing his favorite tunes with tiny tidbits of song backgrounds. The vids aren't a how-to in any sense (so probably not very useful to beginners) but if you have some theory, you can watch closely and figure out what rhythms, scales and harmony he uses, all of which makes his playing so wonderful. The overhead shots are very good in terms of capturing what he's playing including all the way down to the lowest keys (I've seen others elsewhere that cut off the top and bottom of the keyboard!)
Date published: 2017-05-23
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Date published: 2017-05-02