Blues Piano Lessons! A Course in Blues Piano & Improvisation
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Blues Piano Lessons! A Course in Blues Piano & Improvisation

Step by step lessons in Blues Piano & improvisation. Learn to play by ear, without sheet music. Properly planned course
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4.6 (49 ratings)
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Created by Arthur Bird
Last updated 8/2017
Price: $120
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  • 3 hours on-demand video
  • 3 Articles
  • 10 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • This course will take you from the basics to being able to play Blues Piano with freedom and style.
  • You will learn the skills to be able to improvise, on the spot, playing by ear.
  • The exercises in the course will help with to build hand strength, stamina and dexterity.
  • These piano lessons will teach you how to play blues solo's with speed and skill, and most of all have fun playing the Piano!
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  • No Special Skills Needed
  • You will need a piano or keyboard
  • Regular Practise is a Must

Ever wanted to sit down at the piano, without sheet music, and just play? Don't fancy spending years learning to read music? Maybe you've already learned in the past but fancy a different approach?

Why not try my course in Blues Piano & Improvisation? If it's not for you, 100% money back guarantee, no questions asked! 

Specially created for those of you wanting to learn Blues piano, using a mixture of songs and exercises, the piano lessons build up in achievable stages and will encourage you to eventually be able to improvise cool blues piano on the spot. Yes that's right, by the end of the course you will be able to improvise blues piano, and it will all be coming out of your own head!

The tutorials are perfect for learning piano, with the use of MIDI software on the top half of the screen so you can see the note names every time the instructor plays a key.

The course starts from the beginning, learning basics such as note names, fingering and chords. You'll learn the blues scale and will be given exercises to help you integrate it into your playing. You'll be taught how to count in musical terms, and how to use different rhythms.

The 12 Bar Blues is taught throughout the course, from a simple pattern at the start building throughout to an advanced and impressive sounding style by the end. The course is designed to build up in stages, giving you the skills, and teaching you how to incorporate them into your playing along the way, until ultimately you'll be able to improvise with freedom and style.

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Who is the target audience?
  • This course is for people who love music, and want to be able to play blues piano WITHOUT learning to read music.
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Curriculum For This Course
54 Lectures
Getting started!
5 Lectures 12:26

Learn about note names, fingering, and sharp & flat notes.

Preview 05:27

This lesson teaches you what an octave is.


Here you'll learn what an interval is and how to count them.


This lesson teaches you what a chord is.


This lecture will teach you the difference between Major and Minor chords.

Major & Minor Chords
Getting into the Blues
7 Lectures 22:10

After this lecture you will be able to play the Blues scale in the key of G.

Preview 03:48

The Notes of the Blues Scale

In this lecture you'll learn how to play the Blues scale in 2 octaves, with the correct fingering.

Blues Scale in G - 2 Octaves

Blues Scale - 2 Octaves - Notes & Fingering

This exercise set you up on your journey to being able to improvise.

Blues Exercise 1

You can already start to play a song with the same left hand notes from Exercise 1 you've just learnt and one chord in your right. Feelin' Good by Nina Simone

Preview 03:17

Here you'll learn the slightly more complicated left hand part.

Feelin' Good - Part 2
12 Bar Blues - Stage 1
4 Lectures 20:04

Here is where you start the building blocks of your blues piano playing, the 1st stage of the 12 bar blues. This is the easiest version, get to grips with this properly,. Learn the counting and structure off by heart and you'll find you have a strong base which will make your progression through the rest of the course a lot easier. 

12 Bar Blues - Stage 1 - Right Hand Chord Pattern & Structure

12 Bar Blues Structure PDF

12 Bar Blues - Left Hand

12 Bar Blues - Stage 1 - Hands Together
Speed, Dexterity & Technique Exercises
2 Lectures 05:59
Hand/Finger Exercise

Hand Posture
Time to learn a swinging rhythm
3 Lectures 09:50
Swung Rhythm - Part 1

Swung Rhythm - Part 2 - Blues Exercise 2

Blues Lick 1
12 Bar Blues - Stage 2
12 Lectures 50:19
12 Bar Blues - Stage 2

Great Balls Of Fire - Jerry Lee Lewis - (March 2017 Song)

Great Balls Of Fire - Intro

Great Balls Of Fire - 1st Verse


Great Balls Of Fire - Chorus

Great Balls Of Fire - Solo - Part 1

Great Balls Of Fire - Part 1 - With Glissando's

Great Balls Of Fire - Solo - Part 2 - Walking Bass Line

Great Balls Of Fire - Solo - Parts 1 & 2

Great Balls Of Fire - Full Song - Played Slow

Blues Exercise 3
12 Bar Blues - Stage 3
2 Lectures 12:12
12 Bar Blues - Stage 3 - Right Hand Part

12 Bar Blues - Stage 3 - Hands Together
Time to start improvising!
2 Lectures 05:48
Improvising with the Blues Scale - Stage 1

Improvisation - Combining rhythms from Blues Exercise 1 & 2
Blues Licks & Pushed Beats
5 Lectures 15:15
Blues Lick 2

Pushed Beats - 12 Bar Blues - Both Hands

Blues Exercise 4 - Right hand swung rhythm with Left Hand 12 Bar Blues

Combining Straight & Swung Rhythms in Right Hand with 12 Bar Blues in Left Hand
Soloing with the Blues Scale
3 Lectures 06:55
Different Rhythms - Groups of 6 - Part 1

Part 2 - Groups of 6 Counting Combined with Straight & Swung Rhythms

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About the Instructor
Arthur Bird
4.6 Average rating
49 Reviews
381 Students
1 Course
Piano Teacher, Session Player

Hi, I'm Arthur and I've been playing the piano for 20 years. After achieving Grade 8 with the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music, I started touring as a session player in theatre shows all over the United Kingdom. As well as this I have lots of experience in recording studios, and with bands have played music all over the world, from the USA to Australia. I've been teaching Piano for 7 years now, and am an approved tutor with the City of York Arts Council.