Learn to Play Blues on the Piano

Learning to play the piano is not really that difficult. Especially when there are lots of free piano sheet music websites out there. Almost everybody loves music. Some of us love different genres such as pop music, rock, jazz, alternative, rhythm, blues and many others. No matter what style of music you love, you can play it on the piano. If you first learn to play the blues on the piano, then you will be able to play other styles of music much easier.

What is blues piano more precisely? Blues piano is a piano style that helps you play other styles much easier once you have mastered it. After you finish reading this article you will know more about playing the blues music on the piano.

In the beginning, you must know 12-bar blues. This is a very common progression if you want to do blues piano playing. To play this particular blues form, most pianists make use of seventh chords. A song is usually broken into 3 sets. Each of the set consists of 4 bars. Start by playing the song on the C key. Use ‘I’ to illustrate the tone (C) in the C key. The IV tone is F and the V tone is G.

The initial set is played as I-I-I-I. The next set is played as IV-IV-I-I. The final set is V-IV-I-I. Use your right hand when playing these three sets on the piano. To come up with a sound that’s just like blues piano, try to master playing 7th chords.

For your left hand, follow the 8-note pattern. The pattern is like this: I-III-V-VI-VIIb-VI-V-III. When playing the C chord with the use of your right hand, the notes played will be C-E-G-A-Bb-A-G-E. While for the chord F, you will be playing F-A-C-D-Eb-D-C-A. For the chord G, you will be playing G-B-D-E-F-E-D-B.

Try to examine the chords and notes played both by the left and right hand. If you already know the different piano chords and notes, learning blues piano can be very easy. Before anything else, you will have to master 12-bar blues in the key C. Once you’ve mastered it, you can try playing it using other keys.

Learning to play the blues is the first step in establishing a good foundation in playing the piano. Many great pianists began playing the blues on the piano for starters then evolved to other music styles that they love. After you develop a strong foundation, all the new songs you will learn will be much easier to play. Your audience will love and praise your performance if you can play different music styles with elegance and grace.

You can master the art of blues piano with the help of a great piano teacher. Find one close to you that can guide and inspire you to be a better pianist. If you like, you can use other methods to learn playing the piano lice CDs or DVDs with piano lessons, online piano lessons and a piano guide book. You are the only one who can determine the learning process. If you are committed and persevere, you will soon learn how to play piano blues the right way.

It takes a lot of time and practice to become a good pianist. Sometimes it takes even years of constant practice and determination.

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