Boogie Woogie Piano Lesson

hey this is bill Romer from piano fast calm and I just released a brand new course called boogie woogie piano fast and I've had a few requests from people to see a sample of the video and of parts of the course to see what it's like and rather than show you that exactly what I thought I'd do is just create an entirely separate kind of a bonus boogie woogie piano lesson and let everybody see it that way you can see a sample of what the videos are like in the course and you can just have a free boogie woogie piano lesson so let's jump in and do that and I put together a little piece of music I'm not going to say I wrote it because boogie woogie involves piecing and gathered lots of little licks but I put together a piece in the key of C and so we're going to need three chords for that and the chords we'll need will be a c7 sometimes not the seventh but a c7 cegb flat f7 f AC and E flat and g7 G B D and F alright and we're going to start off with our bass we're going to do a very traditional boogie-woogie left-hand bass line and boogie woogie is called eight to the bar a lot of times because there are eight eighth notes usually in a boogie-woogie rhythm so in this case it's going to sound like this one two three four five six seven eight so there are the eight eighth notes eighth notes and they're going to bounce kind of a swing rhythm like that okay and for the key of or for the the C chord I should say we're going to play a C and our pinkie our index finger will hit the G and we'll bounce up to an a and our thumb hitting the see the whole time and when we do this we want to keep our arm our forearm kind of stiff but still flexible our fingers curved strong but again kind of bouncing up and down so you're not to tense there when you play it otherwise your forearm will get tired all right so just nicely flexing and bouncing so that's the C chord for the F chord we're gonna play an F in our piggy I'm gonna see an our index finger and bounce up to a D and our thumb alright for the G we'll play a G with our pinky a D with our index finger and jump up to the E like that alright so those are the three chords and the three separate baseline pieces now boogie-woogie is a 12 bar structure harmonic structure twelve measures it's just like the blues and so the structure goes like this for the key of C we start with the C chord and we're going to do one measure of C than one measure of F and two measures of C and one measure of F actually two measures F two measures of see one measure of G one measure of M two measures of sea except the second measure we're going to do that to make a little turnaround it's called that brings us back to do the pattern over again and usually the fifth the five chord in this case the G is a good place to do that which you can kind of hear probably right so that's the 12-bar structure and that right there makes a good introduction for our piece just the baseline alone all 12 measures alright so now that we've got that out of the way I just tossed in a few simple licks that we'll play on top of that baseline now if you ever want to just focus on the right hand and you're getting tired in your left hand or it's too complicated you can simply cut the rhythm in half the tempo well same tempo just cut the amount of notes you're playing in half don't play the eighth notes just play quarter notes just like that now strictly speaking that's not a bull game we'll get rid of them but it still gives you a nice harmonic foundation down here and it's a lot easier while you can focus on your right hand okay so these licks are very simple they're just chords C chord F chord G chord but we're going to roll into them from a half-step down on these upper two notes so for the C chord we'll start on E flat and G flat with our index and ring finger like that now you should probably play this with your index and ring finger rolling up to your middle and pinky so two and four two three and five but you could also do just two and four on both of those I'm going to slide up either way all right same with the F chord although the F chord is probably easier to do two and four roll up two three and five in this case it's a flat and B up to a and C like that okay so there's our seek or I mean our F chord rather now for G it's exactly the same structure except we start on B flat and D flat same thing same fingering alright so those are our three licks and when you put them with the baseline line they sound like this I put that little kind of lick in there to emphasize the seventh to get us to the next phrase again ouchy f see the little variation there so we can end up on C which closes out the phrase all right and we'll do that little turnaround deal on the left-hand again right there so that little lick section goes Oh see em see now I made a little melody section if you want to call it that really it's just on arpeggio on the seventh chords very simple we're going to ride down these seventh chords so it goes alright or you can start on your pinkie but we'll start with a score right here C chord and then we'll just play uninvited arpeggio c7 okay then an f7 and we're going to stay right here with the fingering to get good voice leading so we're not jumping all over the keyboard all right and again to the scene back to the f7 see seven now we're going to jump up to a deep I'm sorry a g7 with the D on top because that's nice and close to the f7 now instead of going back to c7 here we're going to put in a nice little lick for our ending and we'll just say that we're done here after 36 bars just for the sake of this video you could keep going or repeat a section if you want whatever you want to do but this lick is very simple it sounds like this like that alright very simple don't let it blow you away we're just going to play a C chord and actually a c7 chord and we're going to come down and break it up as we're coming down the piano so we start off with our index finger on a G flat and our pinky on C and we roll up to our middle finger on a G and then our thumb on the e so we end up on this C major chord but we don't hold it we break it up like that the next piece is a C major chord in root position here but we roll off of this E flat alright so that's a good little thing to practice right there now we emphasize the seventh part of the chord we play the B flat in the e we roll up to the C with our middle finger and then the last one is the same as the one on top alright so once you see that pattern and you can find your targets coming down the piano just make sure you get that pinky and index finger in the right position and our ending is going to go in parallel sixths starting on the D and b-flat up by half steps both notes move up a half step at a time while the left hand goes G D flat which is a tritone substitution that's for another video to the C so and at the end we can just put a low C and two high C's like that okay so this lik then sounds like this and coming from the g7 it goes just like that okay so that last section then from the melody goes I wasn't ready for it and that brings up a good point these transitions are key points when you're practicing this you gotta anticipate what's coming next just by a little bit so let me hit that again from the g7 there we go all right so the whole piece then sounds like this our intro to see theft two measures and to see measures on the G – f back to see little turn around here we go our little licks to have see – gee yep see turn around now our little melody that's 7 C 7 at 7:00 see son g7 f7 there we go there's the whole piece for you so I hope you enjoyed that and as you can probably tell you can make up your own sections as you go through here put your own licks in here or use variations of these play around with it whatever you want to do but that's basically how you do it and if you like this video then you're going to love my boogie woogie piano fast course which is on sale from now until midnight this coming Monday October 3rd for about forty two and a half percent off the retail price which is going to be when I release it next week so be sure and check that out at the link below in this video okay I've got tons of left-hand bass lines right hand licks endings we go through a famous Liberace boogie will get piece we pull some stuff off of YouTube and check that out and I really think it's a great course I had a great time doing it and if you like this video at all you're going to love that course so please do yourself a favor and check that out and by all means get to the piano and start playing what you learned here in this video I hope you enjoyed it and I will see in the next video soon this is Bill Romer from piano fast calm thanks for watching

20 thoughts on “Boogie Woogie Piano Lesson”

  1. Really well teaching but it’s super hard for me to combine both sides together😂
    It’s as if my brain doesn’t allow it😞😬😂

  2. This seems to be more like jazz than like Boogie Woogie. I want instructions to music like Albert Ammons does.

  3. Bill thank you very much for this lesson! It took me three days (not all days) to learn how to play. Now I can play whole melody with both hands twice slowly than you. I’ll check your course! Thanks again! Cheers! ❤️

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