A Study in Blues Piano: Focusing on 12 Licks

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Play and understand twelve versatile blues licks in the key of C.
Observe and make use of the suggested left-hand support patterns (bass lines, chords).
Use each lick as raw material for countless others.
Play the complete example 12-bar intro section, which has a solid left-hand bass pattern, and a catchy right-hand part.
Transpose (move) each lick into any key.
Play a popular "turn-around," and be able use it as a solid ending to any blues jam.
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An in-depth study of twelve blues licks, with left-hand support tips.  Lick #10 of this group is actually more than a lick; rather, it gives you a complete two-handed 12-bar opening groove, including a left-hand pattern to support your licks throughout your soloing. More than just learning notes by rote, you will get insight into the patterns, chords and intervals involved, including how to transpose each lick.  As a result, each lick is RAW MATERIAL for endless variations.  This course is 100% video. However, I have provided a few sheets of optional piano music notation, available through the bonus stuff at the end.  This course exists to teach people how to get moving on improvising the blues, so please don't lean too much on the printed music. Either way, I'm here to help, which means you can rattle my cage at any time. Any and all blues piano related communications are welcome! These can be on this course's Q&A board, or via direct message (via Udemy).

Blues Lick #1 "Energy"
Lick number one uses the first five notes of the blues scale, with the right hand in a fixed position. The repeating triplet figures build a sense of rhythmic excitement. Like all the lessons in this collection, there are tips fortransposing thislick into the key of your choice.
Blues Lick #2 "Da-boo-da, Boo-dee-ooo"
In David Sudnow's classic book, "Waysof the Hand," he describes hispersonaljourney towards becoming an accomplishedpiano improviser. Eventually, he discovers thesecret to playinggreatjazz(or blues)lines: Sing! That is, above all, you must mentallysing the ideas (hear them in your head,as something youwouldsing).Then, translate that "sound"to your fingers. You don't need to be an accomplished singer to do this. It's reallyabout the act of singing in your head,not so muchyour vocal accuracy.Which brings us to the name of this lick! If you sing"Dabooda, Boodie You" with a solid rhythm, it will be much easier to adapt the ideabehind thislickinto your solos. (Each note in this lick is tied to one syllable in the name.) When you watch thisvideo, Ithink you willsee what I mean.
Blues Lick #3 "Boogie House"
Here's one that feels right at home in a classicboogie-woogiepianogroove,as well as in ahard-driving modern"boogie rock"or "boogie country"jam.At the end of the day, this lickfits in anywhere that is bluesy or funky. So think of the classicboogie-woogie beatas you get the rhythmicfeel of this pattern. The way thatI'm demonstrating thislick keepsthatboogiefeeling in mind.So,don't justthink of the individualnotes;listen to the groove too, and tap your foot while you work on this!
Blue Lick #4 "You Gimme the Run Around"
I call this type of lick a "run-around" lick. The idea is,licks like these are easy to turn into excitingruns that can goup and down the keyboard. Similarly, they can support a burstof improv that goes "running around,"back and forth, changing directions easily,within a space of anoctave or two.
Blues Lick #5 "Ba-do-dee You Bop!"
AswithLick #2, I named this one with syllables that match eachnoteofthe pattern, so thatyou can sing the name of the lickas you practice it, which isa really good way to getthe feel of it, and also toget the thing into your Blues vocabulary.You might want to read mylesson description forLick #2 for more insight on that idea.
Blues Lick #6 "Locked Up"
This is a really exciting technique for what I like to call the "Big Blues" sound. By "Big Blues," I mean dramatic, exciting, full, like you might hear from a jazz bigband. This kind of lickalso works greatfor building to a climax in your "blues story" (a good solo usually tells a story).The name of this lick,"Locked Up," ain't necessarilybecause what you're saying with your fingersmightbe a storyabout going to jail.In this video, "Locked up" actually refers tothecoreideaofthelesson,somethingcalled"locked rhythm."
Blues Lick #7 "Flat Three-to-Five"
You can hear this distinctive series of notes in many jazz and blues solos.  Which means, you could call this a cliché.  But in the Blues especially, we need to use clichés, in order to let listeners know where they are:  "You are in the Blues, thank you very much!"  When you venture off into super-original lines, a cliché is a great place to come home to!
Blues Lick# 8 "You My Doodly At"
A versatile pattern using just four notes. The main focus here is the pattern, because thisfour-elementclustercan be played inseveral starting places, within a single chord or key.
Blues Lick #9 "Turn Around and Come Back, Baby!"
This one involves two hands, and can be used as a turn-around orending. You will probablyrecognize this essentialstaple ofthe blues!
Blues Lick #10 "Useful 12-Bar Intro & Start of a Solo"
Learn a solid two-handed intro to get any blues piano solo started.  This opening groove covers a full 12-bar cycle, giving your listeners an exciting intro (a.k.a. the head) which leads nicely into the next 12-bars, where you can begin your right-handed soloing.  Note, you can use the left-hand (bass line) of this groove throughout your entire jam. It's a simple and powerful bass line that keeps the beat going strong.  But wait, there's more! This lesson also includes a sample opening for your solo.
Blues Lick #11 "Pentatonic Pads"
Inthis lesson you'll learn a versatile way to group any pentatonic scaleinto a pair ofthree-note, three-finger clusters. Using this three-finger approach makes it easy to play fast and interesting licks, up and down the keyboard.
  • A basic familiarity with 3-chord blues (key of C ) is helpful.
  • No need to read music!
  • Some dexterity on piano or keyboards (if you intend to perform this material. ) Composers can also benefit from this class.
  • A casual familiarity with simple intervals is helpful, when transfering licks to other keys.
Kent Smith
Kent Smith
Music Instructor, Composer, and Performer.
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