Free Blues Piano Lesson

This free blues piano lesson will show you some of the basics, from the 12 bar blues to riffs that use the blues scale. Lets start with the 12 bar blues in the key of C. We’re going to be using the chords C, F and G, you can also call these 1, 4 and 5 as C is the 1st note in the scale, F is the 4th note and G, (yep you guessed it) is the 5th note. You play C for 4 bars, F for 2 bars, back to C for 2 bars, G for 1 bar, F for 1 bar, C for 1 bar and then G for the last bar which is also called the turn around. If you add all these bars up you get 12. 

So now you know what chords to use from this free blues piano lesson, let’s go on to how you can use them. To start with you can play these chords using the first and fifth, leaving out the third, so the first chord would be played with a C and G in the left hand, you use your little finger the 5th, and the 1st finger your thumb, play this as a pulse, so for each bar play the chord 4 times, this is a very basic bass riff that you can use with the F and G chords as well. When you get used to that you can start alternating the thumb from the G to the A on each pulse so every second pulse would be C and A and it’s the same with the other two chords so for the F chord you alternate the C with the D on the thumb, and with the G chord you alternate the D with the E.

Now let’s go on to the right hand in this free blues piano lesson.

First of all you might want to have a look at the blues scale in more depth, click here.

Your right hand can improvise using the blues scale so hit random notes from the blues scale and see if you can make it sound bluesy, try and work out some riffs that you can play, so that you’re going in and out of improvising and playing riffs that you know.

To start you off here are some basic riffs for your right hand, No.1 is simply going from B flat to C over and over again changing the rhythm to try and make it sound bluesy

No.2 is going from C up to E flat, back to C, down to B flat and then back to C again, see if you can put a bit of rhythm with it; try it with a swing feel and then try it with a strait feel.

No.3 is a little more difficult, you have to hammer up from F to F sharp, so F is a grace note going to F sharp then you come back down to F, then E flat and then C, try this with all sorts of different rhythms as well but make sure that first note, the F is a grace note.

OK well that just about ends this free blues piano lesson, so go and try out what you’ve learnt and have fun, when you get used to playing the riffs on their own put both hands together, feel the beat and after a while it should all come together and you’ll be playing the 12 bar blues. Click Here for more about blues in this course.

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