Blues Piano Licks : Blues Piano Easy Lick One

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Hi, my name is Jonathan Wilson on behalf of Expert Village.com. And we’re learning thirty must-have blues piano links. These are easy ones and we’re starting with lick number one. Without further ado, let’s just get right to it. Here it is half tempo, with a metronome. Check out the notation, it goes like this. Okay, good starting point, not very complicated. Now, the only thing tricky about this one, if you’re just kind of a beginner piano player, sometimes those thirds can give you a little bit of trouble. Just practice. Take it very, very slowly. Don’t worry about the finger strength so much on these. Sometimes people, their fourth finger is usually your weakest finger when it comes to playing the piano.

If you can, in a situation like this, just kind of put those fingers down and use more of a wrist action. Use your hand more to get the notes to sound instead of trying to muscle it with your fingers. That will help a little bit. Okay, but now, let’s hear that same lick, over a full blues chorus, with a backup band. And in this case, I’ll alter the notes naturally.

When you play the major third over the one chord and then when it changes to the four chord, you have a tendency to flat that third. So always go back and forth between those two things. You’ll see it. Here it is up to speed with the backup band. So, that’s lick number one, a good starting point, nice and easy. And we’ll keep things simple for lick number two, coming up next..

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