Question about Boogie-Woogie in the Course

Thursday, August 28th, 2014 - 2 Comments

I just got a question from a beginning student about Boogie Woogie. After I answered it I thought it was probably a good thing to share as it explains (VERY briefly) some stuff I get asked about regularly…

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Hi Scott,
I am a new student and am a lover of Boogie Woogie on piano. Is there a source of this kind of music, i.e., lead sheets I guess. Also, is it possible you cover it in a later course?

Thanks, John
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Hi John,

Got your question about Boogie Woogie in the Courses. I love BW too! (but it’s probably some of the toughest stuff to play from a physical standpoint, so get ready to roll up your sleeves if you’re going to focus in that direction!)

 

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Good Bluesy Ending

Thursday, August 21st, 2014 - 14 Comments

This a great professional Blues ending to use with any blues or boogie-woogie tunes. Here is what it sounds like. I am going to play it in the key of C. I’m sure you have heard it a million times. You are going to play that on the last chord of the tune. If you are playing in the key of C that would be a C chord. You start out playing a C two octaves apart.

Blues-Ending-Tip from Scott Houston on Vimeo.

This a great professional Blues ending to use with any blues or boogie-woogie tunes. Here is what it sounds like. I am going to play it in the key of C. I’m sure you have heard it a million times. You are going to play that on the last chord of the tune. If you are playing in the key of C that would be a C chord. You start out playing a C two octaves apart.

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Barn Burner Song Ending

Friday, January 17th, 2014 - 2 Comments

In my never-ending quest to keep you loaded up with ways to embellish things with your piano playing, I have an ending that you can use with any tune that is NOT a ballad. It is a good barn burner ending Pros use a lot. This would be a good ending for any lively, upbeat tune such as a blues tune. Audiences love it, and it seems to really get folks clapping along with you.

 

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Blues Turnaround Chord Progression

Sunday, December 22nd, 2013 - 2 Comments

Hey, I had someone ask me the other day about how I was playing  a turnaround chord progression at the end of a blues song I was playing. It is a way to finish up the end of the blues and go back up to the top.

There are just 5 chords, and it is pretty simple. We are in the last 4 measures in the blues. It is often called the turnaround. When playing in the key of C, It is where you start the section in G. (Scott plays and demonstrates.) The chords are C, C7/E, F, F#DIM7, C/G, GAUG (7)

I will show them in root position.  (Scott demonstrates.)

Then I will show them inverted.

Now, in my right hand I will play those same chords inverted. They are the same notes, and I am playing octaves in my left hand. That’s the bass line that you want to hear. When you put it together, it sounds like this. (Scott demonstrates.) Then you go back to the top of the changes. So, the whole turnaround starting on the G section would be something like this. Now here come those changes. Back to the top. So, there you have it. A great turnaround: C, C7/E, F, F#DIM7, C/G, GAUG (7)  Then head back to the top.

Have fun! There’s another great turnaround chord progression to add to the pile. See you next time.

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