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Improvising Blues Piano part 2: Playing authentically

with Tim Richards

If you’ve completed Part 1 of the course, you’ll already be playing blues in C, F and G and have a small repertoire of left-hand bass patterns and right-hand ideas. Part 2 takes things to the next level, exploring a few new keys and chords, and more challenging left-hand patterns.

The course draws on lessons, exercises and pieces from Tim's best-selling book, 'Improvising Blues Piano', published by Schott Music. "The essential book for all aspiring blues pianists" - Jools Holland

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Level
intermediate
Course Length
40 lessons · 2h 12m

Welcome to Part 2 of the ‘Improvising Blues Piano’ course (you can find part 1 here).

Tim Richard has been playing the blues since the 1980s and this course draws on his experience touring and recording with UK and US legends such as Otis Grand, Earl Green, Dana Gillespie, Larry Garner, Joe Louis Walker and many many more. Tim composed all pieces in this course except where otherwise indicated.

If you’ve completed Part 1, you’ll already be playing blues in C, F and G and have a small repertoire of left-hand bass patterns and right-hand ideas. In Part 2 we’ll take things to the next level, exploring a few new keys and chords, and some more challenging left-hand patterns.

Many of the pieces and examples in this course are taken from Tim's best-selling book "Improvising Blues Piano" that has helped tens of thousands of pianists.

“I highly recommend the book... It's the best I've seen yet."
BLUES REVUE (USA) 

and feedback from people who have the book:
"Without a close second, the best instruction book ever!"
READER’S COMMENT (SS, USA)

The book is not required to take the course but contains additional exercises and material for those wishing to go into even more depth click here to buy the book.

Let’s start by revisiting a style we looked at briefly in Part 1 – the two-handed SHUFFLE…


Lesson Plan

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'Medium Jump' (performance)

'Blues with Pickups' (performance)

'Bouncy Boogie' (performance)

'Slow Blues in D' (performance)

Straight eighth-notes in both hands

'Happy Blues' (performance with improv)

'Syncopated Boogie' (performance)

'Sad Blues' (performance)

'Blue Fifth Boogie' (performance with improv)

'Slow Guitar Blues' (performance)

'Ninth Blues' (performance)

'Slow 12/8 Blues' (performance)

'Blues for Booker' (performance)

'Ain't No Sunshine' (performance)

'Got My Mojo Workin' (performance)

Blues scale improvisation

'Rockaboogie' (performance)

Tim Richards

Critically acclaimed jazz pianist, educator and author Tim Richards has produced numerous titles for Schott Music, including the best-selling two-volume Exploring Jazz PianoBlues, Boogie and Gospel Collection and Improvising Blues Piano. He is also co-author, with John Crawford, of Exploring Latin Piano and Brazilian Piano Collection.

The fantastic new Jazz, Latin and Modern Collection is his latest release in the Schott Pop-Styles series, and comprises Tim Richards originals along with pieces by Duke Ellington and Thelonious Monk.

“The real joy of Tim’s music… is that it is both hugely educational but also such great fun to play. Anyone with the slightest interest in learning to play or teach jazz piano should really acquire a set of Tim’s books.” – PIANODAO

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