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#2426720 - 47 minutes 39 seconds ago Blues piano method books
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Registered: 08/06/07
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I've been practising a lot lately with Tim Richard's book but I'm wondering what else is out there.

I found this book called Discovering Boogie & Blues Piano and listening to some samples (listen here), there are a lot of licks and LH patterns that are way better sounding than anything in Richard's book. I'm definitely sticking with Improvising Blues Piano but this seems like a really nice addition.

Does anyone happen to have that book? I wonder what else I could be missing out on.

And another important question: I really want to play jazz too but it's too difficult for me right now. Am I right in thinking that playing blues will give me a solid foundation to start with jazz later?


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#2426724 - 31 minutes 42 seconds ago Re: Blues piano method books [Re: Stabby]
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I think if you get a hold of Tim Richard's Exploring Jazz Piano I it will be a good segue into jazz. I also have his blues book. Both are excellent. Other than that, just get out there and jam with others and listen to recordings. I agree that some of the material in the book is not the most exciting, but I think it is purposely simplified for learning purposes, and maybe too much for some of us. He also has some recordings of the tunes in the books and others on youtube, worth a listen as well.

And learning the blues can help with jazz, as there are many bluesy jazz tunes that use the basic I IV V structure with added chords.

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#2426730 - 13 minutes 5 seconds ago Re: Blues piano method books [Re: Stabby]
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Thanks. I love jazz more than anything and there's some blues there I love (Ray Bryant for example or the many blues jams). Playing the blues is great fun so far. Knowing all the chords and scales from improvising blues will probably help me a great deal to start playing jazz, not too mention better hand independence.

I've been practicing at least 5 hours per day for a week and I'm going to keep doing that for another month. I hope I can make some good progress then.


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