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Learn a Boogie Woogie Bass Line on Piano

Learn a Boogie Woogie Bass Line on Piano!

  • Chris
    Posted at 09:28h, 20 October

    Excellent lesson, Scott! Very informative, interesting, and easy to follow along with. Thanks!

    • Carolyn
      Posted at 18:44h, 20 October

      Terrific! I love the way you explain things. I also play Boogie Woogie by “crawling” up by octaves, but I’ll try this one soon. Keep it coming! Thanks.

    • jon bethards
      Posted at 19:35h, 22 October

      Thank you. I’ve been interested in Boogie Woogie and now I can work on a bass line.
      The video was great!

      • Scott Houston
        Posted at 10:29h, 26 October

        You’re welcome!

  • Mary
    Posted at 09:53h, 20 October

    Yes please more Boogie Woogie !!!!!!

  • Cathy
    Posted at 11:00h, 20 October

    You are so good at making something daunting seem simple! Can’t get enough of your videos, especially the ones that take it beyond just the basics. Thanks so much!

    • Scott Houston
      Posted at 12:27h, 20 October

      You’re welcome! The online course is just like this, but much more thorough, methodical, has materials to look at, and comes with personal answers to any questions you ever might have. You might like it … although with your comment about taking it “beyond the basics” you’d probably be happiest skipping to start with Course 3.

  • Don Grady
    Posted at 11:10h, 20 October

    Absolutely wonderful. I am going from here to my piano!

    • Scott Houston
      Posted at 12:28h, 20 October

      That’s what I like to hear… Have fun!

  • Brian Petersen
    Posted at 11:32h, 20 October

    Great fun Scott! Thanks for the valuable lesson as always.

  • Carole Wells
    Posted at 11:44h, 20 October

    Thank you! I do have this pattern down pat as I asked Ann Louise Chirstensen for it two years ago when I bought my baby grand. Have been practing it ever since…..but in the key of C. Looking forward to the next steps. Please suggest some songs from one of your GIG Books to use with this pattern. I am forwarding your lesson to my son and some friends. You explained the pattern so well. Thanks so much.

    • Scott Houston
      Posted at 13:27h, 20 October

      Well you could try it with Amazing Grace (since it can be played with only a I, IV, & V) and see how tolerant your congregation really is. Kidding!

      Any of the blues tunes are a good choice to try. From Gig Book 1 try At The Hop for example. Understand I’d expect you to just play some chords versus the melody line in your RH and do it accompaniment style due to the difficulty of playing single note lines in both hands… Try it with chords and have somebody sing the melody line along with you…

  • Libby Bonpua
    Posted at 13:58h, 20 October

    Scott, I do love the style. There’s one thing that really bothers me about the Bar Blues Form. There is a form that has an F chord instead of a D chord. Can these chords be a substitute for one another depending on the boogie woogie beat you are playing? Thank you for giving me your time and insights I am learning from you. Very interesting.

    • Scott Houston
      Posted at 09:49h, 21 October

      You’re probably thinking of the blues in some other key than G which I am using in this vid. We spend a lot of time in the actual method learning about the idea of learning chords “generically” using roman numerals (like the basic blues uses a I7, IV7, and V7) and then using that to be able to play and transpose chord changes into any key. It’s great theory info for anyone playing in our styles that we really dive into 3 or 4 different times throughout all 6 Courses.

  • Dman52
    Posted at 14:16h, 20 October

    Cool,but a little fast for some,maybe write down the notes and display them.

    • Scott Houston
      Posted at 09:45h, 21 October

      If/when you enroll in the method, the 6 Course books I work through do contain notated snippets of anything I happen to be teaching in the videos. It’s a great 1-2 punch to have my video lessons you can view as often as needed, then backed up by the written material I reference in the Course book at your piano. It’s really working well for students…

  • Art Wyckoff
    Posted at 15:02h, 20 October

    Hey buddy:

    Have been enjoying your mini lessons! The boogie-woogy one was really nice and generous of u! It’s nice to see teachers out there who do not feel ” so threatened,” that they can not give something to really stimulate the desire to learn more ! U r both cool, as well as smart! If I can show u something some time, please feel free to get in touch!
    Your buddy

  • Bert Menard
    Posted at 19:43h, 20 October

    Wonderfull, wonderfull.You make so easy and fun to learn. You are really blessed with an exceptionnal teaching ability.
    And yes more boogie woogie with both hands. Like how to add the boogie bass line to a melodie.

  • George E Wells
    Posted at 20:10h, 20 October

    Another great lesson — Scott.
    Got it.
    Student 80 years young,

  • Roger
    Posted at 21:11h, 20 October

    Thanks so much for this lesson. And for going slow. I’m already trying to “invent” something to do with my right hand with this rhythm. But I’ll wait for the pro tip.

  • Vanessa Challis
    Posted at 04:06h, 21 October

    Thanks for this – a nice bass line pattern to try – is there any chance of you showing us some blusey rifs to use in the right hand to go with it?
    Thanks again

  • Alice
    Posted at 07:58h, 21 October

    Thank you for sharing the Boogie Woogie pattern… I love learning this way.

    • Scott Houston
      Posted at 09:36h, 21 October

      You’re welcome. If you love learning this way, you’ll love the online lesson program. It’s exactly like this – but more detailed. 🙂

  • Mariann
    Posted at 11:45h, 21 October

    That was awesome. I would like to go a step further with the right hand in unison after mastering the base line. Do you have an instructional book in that vein or will you be extending another instructional video maybe in that regard?
    Thanks again!

    • Scott Houston
      Posted at 13:42h, 21 October

      Wow… If you get good at doing it in unison, make a video and send it to me so I can try to learn it too. 🙂

      Actually I’ve never heard boogie played like that before in both hands in unison, but who knows? Instead try just comping some chord rhythm on top of it, playing the chords to whatever pattern you are on in the bass. i.e. plays the blues progression …

      I do talk about walking bass lines and other patterns (although not Boogie Woogie in particular) and different options for your RH playing in the upper levels (4-6) of the online method here at

  • Eik-Tiong Ng
    Posted at 19:50h, 21 October

    I have already some basics. How do I start from course 3?

  • Keith
    Posted at 14:22h, 24 October

    I can easily play melodies by ear, however, I would like to know if there any rules/tricks to figure out the left hand cords

    • Scott Houston
      Posted at 10:41h, 26 October

      Yes there are a bunch of rules and tricks you can use to figure out the chord changes “by ear” once you’ve hunted and pecked out a melody. Unfortunately, it is WAYYYY to broad a topic to address here. Actually in the online lesson program here at this site we, starting with Course 4, really set the stage for starting to figure out how to do that and from Courses 4-6 address a lot of that issue, along with improvisation, and turning a simple lead Sheet into a much more “fleshed out” arrangement. They are all kind of loosely related topics that are enhanced by the interval training and more advanced theory we get into in those upper level Courses.

      To start with any Course above Course 3 (which is available here at this site by clicking the pricing link up above) you’ll need to contact us as we don’t want people jumping in over their heads and not being successful.

      Hope that helps!

  • Maggie
    Posted at 18:14h, 26 October

    Love it!! Ready to put it to a song or 2 or 3….. Thank You! and Please soon!!

  • Bradley Sowash
    Posted at 09:39h, 28 October

    Scott is such a teacher at heart – knows how to break it down to make the complex accessible. The cool thing about Boogie is that it is one of those styles that makes people wish they played piano. In other words, unlike some style, Boogie is very “piano-centric” meaning it can be played by other instruments but really sounds best and right at home on piano. That’s why it was our theme for last summer’s 88 Creative Keys workshop.

    • Scott Houston
      Posted at 07:46h, 01 November

      Wow Bradley, I’m flattered! Nice words coming from you. Thx! (Your $20 is in the mail …)

  • Wayne
    Posted at 22:49h, 11 January

    I really enjoyed the lesson. I love boogie woogie and would love to play it. Is it possible to make a video explaining how to swing. I have been trying and can’t seem to get it right. I have purchase the Play Piano in a Flash course and haven’t come across any mention of swing.

    • Scott Houston
      Posted at 11:43h, 14 January

      Sure Wayne. I’ll add that to the pile for a future blog post! Having said that, if there is some particular spot in the Courses where this issue is coming up and you need my help, send me a note in the student support tab inside the lesson environment and I’ll get you taken care of right away.