It’s been a busy week recording with our Seattle-based teachers and we have lots of great new content in the pipeline.
Our blues/boogie-woogie expert Steve has recorded a wonderful course on “Chicago Blues” style which focuses on left hand shuffle patterns and hand independence.
Here’s the introduction lesson for the course:
The course contains the following 7 lessons:
- Lesson 1 - History Of Blues/Course Intro (above)
- Lesson 2 - The Harmonic & Rhythmic Structure Of The Blues
- Lesson 3 - Left Hand Shuffle Patterns
- Lesson 4 - Chord, Comping Rhythms, & Hand Independence
- Lesson 5 - Barrelhouse Licks & Riffs
- Lesson 6 - Fast Blues “Spann’s Stomp”
- Lesson 7 - Slow Blues “Trouble In Mind”
Our key goal with this course is to help our students with hand independence.
The left hand shuffle patterns and basslines found in Chicago Blues are an accessible and fun way to develop our hand independence.
Steve demonstrates how to set a steady rhythm in the left hand using simple shuffle patterns and then develop our hand independence through right hand comping, licks and improv, and Steve even throws in a few bluesy vocals here and there
Pay attention to the above video where Steve shares some wisdom on the importance of listening and transcribing, and how this is essential to develop our own sound, and our own style. Very important for all of us!
This new course will be a nice addition to our syllabus and I think it will give students a nice ‘stepping stone’ to progress into Steve’s more advanced Boogie Woogie materials.
More to be announced on this soon. Cheers!