The first thing you need to do as a beginner wanting to learn blues piano is to get yourself some lessons in the basics of music and the piano techniques. Blues piano for beginners is something that, like every other form of music, requires you to know about hand positions, notes, chords and the fundamentals of music theory. When you have learned these basics you will have to learn the structure of blues and how important this is to the style and genre of blues music.
Blues Piano For Beginners – Six Tips To Getting Started
The blues is based around a three chord structure and is also based on a 12 bar sequence that repeats throughout the whole song until the end. Because of the nature of the structure, you will be able to easily transpose to any key because the same 4 chord structure is relevant to every piece of blues music. Learn this whole structure well, become comfortable with it, and you’ll soon be able to improvise and put your own particular style to the music. Unlike many other forms of music. In blues there aren’t too many “rules”.
It’s a very common practice when playing blues to make use of “7th” chord (the 7th note is considered my many as the “blues” note). If you take the key of C as an example, the blues chords would consist of the following notes:
Chord of C7 = C – E – G – B Flat
Chord of F7 = F – A – C – E Flat
Chord of G7 = G – B – D – F
Taking these chords and adopting the 12 bar blues sequences, in the key of C this would be:
C – C – C – C
F – F – C – C
G – F – C – C
Remember to fit in some “7th” chords whenever you can to break it up and add the blues “feel”
Learn this sequence and get comfortable with playing it firstly in the key of C, and then you can transpose to any key you want to play it in on the piano.
The more familiar you get, the chances are you can get really adventurous. If you feel adventurous you can play the following melody (note by note) with your left hand, while playing the above chords with your right hand:
C – E – G – A – Bb – A – G – E (using this pattern, you can transpose to F and G as required, making sure you follow the 12 bar sequence above)
Blues piano for beginners is based on these fundamentals, so try to adapt what you do with any other piano piece you play – making sure you master each hand separately, then bring them together and practice until you get it.
These six simple tips are a great way to improve and develop from blues piano for beginners to a more advanced and fulfilling playing technique that all your friends will be envious of.