Dear Fellow Pianists,
This is the first of my Jazzy Piano newsletters, especially sent to you because you have bought video lessons from my web site in the past. These occasional newsletters will announce new videos or just give general tips on jazz, blues or cocktail piano.
In this newsletter I am announcing the arrival of my new forty-five minute video lesson, Minor Blues One. This is the first lesson in a series which focuses on the distinctive minor blues, an intriguing alternate version of the very familiar basic 12-bar blues. The sound is generally described as darker and more dramatic. My teaching style for this lesson moves at a slow, easy-going pace, which simplifies learning.
In the new video we go thru the 12-bar progression, which is made up primarily of minor chords paired with a six-note minor scale, and show you how to get the two hands working together with a right-hand rhythm groove over a slow, walking, left-hand bass line. The six-note minor scale, which uses the minor 3rd, the flat 5, and a flat 7 produces the moody and darkly dramatic blues sound.