Boogie Woogie Riffs for Piano Players - Piano in a Flash

Posted by | November 13, 2013 | Practice | No Comments

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Today I would like to share with you a 2 part boogie woogie riff. I am going to show you what to do with both your right and left hands. Both patterns are pretty easy to do by themselves. I hope by the end of this tutorial that you will agree that this is one of the easiest boogie boogie riffs for piano players and great sounding too.

Left hand pattern is a simple boogie pattern in C. It is basically just the 3 notes that are in the C chord (C, F and G) and using the octaves.  I am playing it a little faster than you will in the beginning.

The right Hand Pattern reminds me of something that Jimmy Yancey from Chicago might play. I’m going to teach you a rhythmic pattern. It’s pretty simple because it is just thirds. In your right hand you will do this.  (Scott demonstrates.) The pattern goes like this. (Scott demonstrates.) I’ll play it very slowly this time.  (Scott demonstrates.) I know that you will have some hand coordination problems here. Go slowly. To finish play this try this.  (Scott demonstrates.)

If that is too tough try the shuffle pattern. It is a lot easier from a  coordination stand point. Just noodle around with the rhythm until you find something you like. Have fun. See you next time.

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