3 New Blues Courses Coming Soon 😎

Hey everyone :wave:

The folks in the PianoGroove Community voted slow blues lessons as the most in-demand style in this poll, and so I figured let’s tackle this one first before moving onto the other styles.

Earlier this month we recorded 3 blues courses. Each of the 3 courses contains 12 lessons and gives a different perspective into how the blues can be played and interpreted. I expect the editing stage to be finished around New Year time.

Find out more on the new courses below.

Blues Masterclass Course w/ Jon Cleary

This course contains 6 beginner-focused lessons on the 12-bar blues, and 6 more advanced lessons on the 8-bar blues; the more common blues form played in New Orleans. Here is a short excerpt from the first lesson of the course:

Jon also hosted his first live seminar on PianoGroove earlier this month, check that out here if you haven’t already:

New Orleans Blues & Ballads w/ Josh Paxton

The second course taught by Josh Paxton incorporates the blues and also more general New Orleans piano styles. We explore the playing styles of the most famous New Orleans piano players including James Booker, Dr John, and Henry Butler. Here are some excerpts from a lesson in this course which covers more general blues piano ideas and principles:

Soulful Blues & Gospel Piano Course w/ Kyle Roussel

The final course taught by Kyle Roussel is mixture of blues and gospel piano lessons. 6 lessons in the course are harmony-focused, and the other 6 lessons improvisation-focused. In this course we use the 12 bar form and gospel hymns to apply and demonstrate the theoretical concepts. In some of the improvisation lessons we also apply the concepts to a well-known jazz standard. Here is an excerpt from the lesson on passing chords:

If you have read this far, your opinion is needed :grin:

I have a question regarding the lesson graphics for these courses.

My view is that it is better to just show the basic 12 bar or 8 bar form with the substitutions and passing chords above the form where applicable (you will see this in the above lessons).

I feel that being able to clearly visualise the form and the potential ‘harmonic pathways’ is more useful that showing the (often very dense) notation examples above the keyboards.

Please note that every performance and demonstration will be fully notated and available in PDF format in the downloads section should they wish to be used. I will also add these files in audio and MIDI so that they can be studied aurally and transposed if desired.

There are some example where the actual notation will be used in the lessons, for example the demonstration of a specific bass line or voicing technique. However, for most performances I plan to use the basic 12-bar or 8-bar blues form as the graphics as seen above.

If anyone has any feedback/ideas/suggestions on this approach please let me know, and more updates to follow as the lessons are edited.



Thanks for continuing to add to the offerings on PianoGroove!

I think you’re right in your approach. “[B]eing able to clearly visualise the form and the potential ‘harmonic pathways’ is more useful tha[n] showing the (often very dense) notation examples above the keyboards”–especially if you’re making the fully notated PDF version available for download. Now that I’ve begun to work with Logic, I also see how useful is your including the audio and MIDI files.

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I agree with Scott.

There is a lot going on with this style of music, so showing the full notation above the keyboard could actually be distracting. As you said, the full notation will be available in pdf format.

Thanks for all you do Hayden!

I agree too. Especially if the pdf is there. You can always pull it up or print it if you want to look at it while watching the video. Looks like three great new courses!!!

agreee. looking forward to slow blues

Good idea. It’s a good reminder of the underlying structure no matter what approach chords and fills are chosen to embellish it.

Looks like Kyle Roussel can lay down da Funk on the organ too. Looking forward to digging into these.

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Hello :wave:

My suggestion is to have more the whole sheet moving with the fingerings, rather than only the basic form.
In my experience i love when having those video , taking a part to loop it . For the blues the basic form pretty obvious so not sure its really help much . Maybe just having a second color to add the basic chord at the top of the sheet music , if it could help ?

For me the great of those video is being able to loop some part , even not having to look for the chart . Without having to load the midi files into my DAW (not sure lot of student does it )
Seing the videos this way with only the hands moving for me looks weird, like the video feel empty without the full notes chart… I find even better to have only the pdf and an audio files … ye for me the videos seems quite useless without the charts sliding with the hands.

But if i am the only one … :innocent: :sweat_smile:

Whatever Those news lessons sound great again ! :sunny: Bravo

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Thanks Pierrot - we will keep that in mind with the editing.

As mentioned all of the performances and demonstrations will be notated and available in PDF format in the downloads section along with the audio files.

We have used some of the full graphics in the actual lessons, and I will share a few lessons here in the coming weeks before they are finalised and published to get any final feedback on the layout and structure.

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