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Easy Soloing for Blues Keyboard

By Tricia Woods

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Keyboard; Piano - Advanced
Composed by Tricia Woods. Keyboard/Piano; Method/Instruction. Blues. Book & CD. 48 pages. Published by Alfred Music (AP.28252).

Item Number: AP.28252

ISBN 0739048082. Blues.

For blues musicians, there is no better feeling than improvising a great solo. Spontaneously creating music that comes from the heart is very rewarding. But if you’ve never tried it before, soloing can be intimidating. Which notes do I play? How do I come up with new ideas? What if I make a mistake? Easy Soloing for Blues Keyboard helps you overcome these doubts. You’ll learn easy methods to approach soloing with confidence. Instead of learning a lot of technical music theory, you’ll get practical guidelines you can use in real life. The blues has influenced many types of music, so you’ll be able to apply what you learn to a wide variety of musical situations. This is an excellent book for experienced musicians who are new to improvising, beginning players with a love for the blues, or busy people looking for a quick, low-stress introduction to soloing. A CD demonstrating all the examples featured in the book is included.

  • Introduction 

  • Music Review 
  • Middle C 
  • The Grand Staff 
  • Sharps and Flats 
  • Half Steps And Whole Steps 
  • The Major Scale 

  • Ingredients for a 12-Bar Blues 
  • Simple Blues in C 
  • Feelin' the Shuffle Blues 
  • Dominant Chords 

  • Improvising: Telling Your Own Story 
  • Soloing with Just Two Notes 
  • Live at the Two-Note 
  • Two is Enough 
  • Soloing with Three Notes 
  • Three's Company 
  • 2x3 
  • Combining Two-Note and Three-Note Ideas 
  • Tag It On 

  • The Minor Pentatonic and Blues Scales 
  • Flat City Blues 
  • Going Downstairs 
  • It's All Downhill 

  • Getting More Mileage Out Of Your Ideas 
  • Play Clusters from the Scale in Repeating Patterns 
  • Rhythm, Rhythm, Rhythm 
  • Add the Root or the 5th Above Your Ideas 
  • Over the Top Blues 
  • Use Octaves to Emphasize Ideas 
  • Use Trills to Create a Dramatic Effect 
  • Take a Simple Idea and Repeat It Over Different Octaves 
  • Chicago Style 

  • Playing Off the Chords 
  • Triad Blues 
  • Passing Tone Blues 
  • The Pull-Off 
  • The On-Again, Off-Again Blues 
  • Approach Tones 
  • Approachin', Encroachin' Blues 
  • Chord-Tone Exercise 

  • Another Way to Make the Changes 
  • Makin' the Changes Blues 
  • More About the V Chord 
  • High Five Blues 
  • Playing Over Turnarounds and ii-V7 Progressions 
  • Turnaround Exercises 

  • Putting It All Together For The Hippest Sound 
  • Together Forever Blues 
  • The Balloon Approach 
  • Hot Air Blues 
  • Repeat, Combine, Extend 
  • It's All About Me 

  • Conclusion: Enough Already, Time to Jam! 
  • Key to Listening Exercises 

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