Bob Hoban – Learning Rock and Roll Piano
Sep 09 2016
Whether in a dance hall or a living room, there’s nothing more infectious than good old-time rock ‘n’ roll. Bob Hoban’s lively piano lesson will put you in the driver’s seat and help you get the party rockin’ with its hard-driving musical force. Bob takes the piano styles of the first generation of rockers – Jerry Lee Lewis, Fats Domino and others – and shows you how these pioneers came up with the rhythmic, blues-derived sounds that are still the basis for so much of today’s popular music.
With clarity and good humor, he introduces you to the basics, then teaches the slides, slurs, pushed notes, rolls, rhythm patterns, melodic figures, intros, endings and other devices that put power and attitude into the music.
Bob’s deep knowledge of rock piano techniques will bring this unique style into focus for all players. By the time you’ve completed his easy, fun-filled course you’ll be playing bass lines, licks, single-note leads and complete rock ‘n’ roll solos, and will be pounding out these sounds right along with the greats.
For starters, Bob Hoban is a jovial guy with awesome chops, so this DVD is a pleasure to watch. It is packed with information and know-how, history of rock, suggestions for playing with a band, and recommended recordings for further study. He shows you each lick played at full speed and then plays it very slowly so you can clearly see what he is doing, and he even names the notes he is playing to make sure you get it. A booklet is included with some examples written out in notation (but many more are not notated, which you could do for yourself). This is an entertaining video but hard to learn the songs because it is not broken down for beginners so you have to re-wind it which can be frustrating.
Running time: 01:35:11
Video: MPEG2 NTSC 4:3 (720×540) VBR
Audio: Dolby AC3, 2 ch
Booklet: Yes (PDF)
Size: 4.5 Gb