Mark Harrison - Blues Piano
Mark Harrison Blues Piano PDF. If you are on a budget and don't have a lot of free time, but still want to sit down at a party or open mike and wail the blues, this is the book for you. In chapter 2 you get 20 or so authentic left hand patterns. In chapter 3 you learn a variety of chords from basic triads to sharped fifths and ninths with various timing tricks for comping. And you play those over the left hand patterns you learned in chapter 2. In chapter 4 Harrison introduces the grace note technique and takes it thru Dr. John's "famous lick". That's 90% of what you need to play convincing blues. The key is that Harrison keeps everything in two measure units that you can easily combine. You aren't confronted with a 4 bar melody as in some other books, wondering, "Why am I playing this?" This book doesn't cover everything, but if you learn to play the exercises in this book you will sound good. If you have a few extra bucks, buy Tim Richard's book for a complementary approach.
This book covers chord progressions, modes, voicing, comping, and walking bass lines, but covers them with a singular emphasis on the blues. The blues is a great genre to study because it is the basis for jazz, pop, and rock as well. The book moves pretty quick though, don't be fooled by the very introductory first chapter. A good set of left hand chops and a fair amount of practice are required to make it entirely through. The provided CD comes in handy here. Practicing with the CD at first can really help the reader get a feel for some of the more complicated rhythms, especially if the concept of swing eights is a new one. The audio however is really cheesy and unfortunately entirely emotionless. Such a pity since emotion is a defining part of the blues (or any musical genre for that matter) and the provided CD could have been the perfect medium to convey those subtleties to the listener. If acoustic sessions had been used instead, there would be no reason for this book to receive less than a 5 star rating. Regardless, this is still a fantastic, if not frantically paced, crash course into a vitally important facet of contemporary piano study.
Ever wanted to play the blues, but weren't sure where to start? Blues Piano will teach you the basic skills you need. From comping to soloing, you'll learn the theory, the tools, and even the tricks that the pros use. And, you get seven complete tunes to jam on. Listen to the CD, then start playing along!
- Scales & Chords
- Left-Hand Patterns
- Walking Bass
- Endings & Turnarounds
- Right-Hand Techniques
- How to Solo With Blues Scales
- Crossover Licks
Format: PDF + Audio tracks (Mp3). 75 pages