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Play Authentic New Orleans Piano

with Paddy Milner

Get a masterclass in New Orleans piano style from one of the finest roots & blues pianists currently on the scene.

“I love it…there’s a guy who can really play the piano” Dave Brubeck

Instrument Piano

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  • 2 hours of HD tutorials with looping and slow down function
  • PDF charts covering riffs and exercises in the course, including material made famous by Dr John, James Booker, Professor Longhair, and Jelly Roll Morton
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40 lessons · 2h 58m

Paddy Milner is one of the world's leading blues piano players. Following years with the late great Jack Bruce, he's now the keyboard player for Sir Tom Jones and has won Best Keyboard Player at the British Blues awards multiple times.

  • Learn the language of the NOLA piano legends like James Booker, Dr John, Professor Longhair and Jelly Roll Morton.
  • Explore classic pieces of New Orleans repertoire including Tipitina, Somebody Changed the Lock and Junco Partner.

In this course Paddy takes an in-depth look at New Orleans style piano playing. Paddy draws upon his extensive playing experience and research to breakdown the musical language characteristic of New Orleans legends like Dr John, James Booker, Professor Longhair, and Jelly Roll Morton. Paddy pays particular attention to James Booker - a truly extraordinary pianist - whose playing has arguably been underexplored.

Paddy gets inside the New Orleans piano style through classic repertoire like Tipitina, Junco Partner, and Somebody Changed the Lock. As well as teaching you style, Paddy provides plenty of encouragement for you to come up with your own ideas within the New Orleans idiom.

The course is bursting with the spirit of the Cresent City, from insight into the origins and history of its unique music, to the secrets of its legends, and creative ideas for moving the music on. A must for anyone serious about New Orleans piano.

Lesson Plan

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Rhythmic Roots of New Orleans

Evolution of New Orleans Piano

Junco Partner Ending

Form of tune

Left hand A Section

Left hand B Section

Right hand language

Dr John Style Turnaround

Further right hand language

Jelly Roll Influenced Turnaround

Rag time riff

Form & Feel

Dominant seventh rolled chords

Diminished chords

Bookers' Bass Bounce

Booker style stride

Student Reviews

All of Paddy's courses are the best courses about blues, boogie and New Orleans piano I've ever done. Thank you! I’m practising the whole day, and if he ever makes another course I'm buying it immediately!
"Paddy is a fab teacher, communicator, and brill musician, love his courses"

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Paddy Milner

Paddy Milner is not only recognised as one of the leading blues piano players in the world (he is currently keyboard player of choice for Sir Tom Jones , following several years with the late great Jack Bruce), but also as a superb original songwriter and distinctive singer. Just read the praise from the likes of Dave Brubeck! His playing was featured on the soundtrack for the hit 2019 film 'Rocketman'.
He has twice won the award for Best Keyboard Player in the British Blues Awards.
He holds a long standing residency as founder member of the Ronnie Scott's Blues Explosion at the world renowned Ronnie Scott's club.
His current group LONDONOLA plays homegrown British music with a strong dose of New Orleans spirit, and his collaborative group JAWBONE goes from strength to strength after the release of their self-titled debut album.

  • “I love it…there’s a guy who can really play the piano” Dave Brubeck
  • “I highly recommend it. Somehow things start to feel much better!” Jack Bruce
  • “The best blues piano player in Europe…” Blues Access, USA
  • “Impressive & original” The Times
  • “Dazzling” The Independent
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