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Have Fun with Beginner Blues Piano

Learn to play and even create your own simple 12 bar blues pieces in weeks
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Platform: Udemy
Video: 2h 36m
Language: English
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Have you always wanted to be the life of the party, able to sit down at the piano and play fun, toe-tapping music for family and friends without needing to drag a lot of music books around or even needing to know how to read music?
If you’ve taken piano lessons before, have you ever been embarrassed because you couldn’t just sit down and play, any time, any place, without needing music in front of you?
Playing the blues is a lot of fun! And with a little time and effort, you too can impress your family and friends with the piano pieces you will learn – and even create – after going through this course.
In this course we will:
-look at 2 common variations of the 12 bar blues pattern;
-learn how that pattern translates to the keyboard; and
-learn several riffs, blues-y sounding chords and an ornament or two that will get you playing blues in no time.
Added to that will be a handful of simple patterns or grooves for the left hand and finally, instruction on how to put it all together.
By the time the course is completed, you will have the information you need to start creating your own simple blues pieces to play for your own enjoyment or to share with others.
Through the use of videos, you will be encouraged to play along as I demonstrate each piece a chunk at a time. Key concepts or patterns found on the keyboard will be reinforced through text documents so you have vital pieces of information to easily access during your practice time. While written music will also be provided I strongly encourage you to learn the pieces as presented in the videos. Of course if you don’t already read music, that’s fine too. Just prop up the music on your keyboard when you are playing and see how impressed family are friends are when they see what you can play!
As you are going through the course I will be available for questions, responding to them at least once a week if not sooner.
This course can be completed in as little as a month depending on amount of time put into practicing and prior experience. If you have never played blues before, this course will give you a brief but detailed introduction into playing 12 bar blues.
Not sure you like blues? Even if you never played another blues piece again, after this course, you will find your hand independence has developed, you are more skilled at putting the hands together in different rhythms, and you have increased confidence in your improvisation abilities. All of these skill will improve your playing, whatever the style or genre.
What are you waiting for? Make your dreams of playing fun, energizing pieces (without even needing to be able to read music) now. You may never see a better deal than this.

You will learn

✓ By the end of this course you will be able to play at least 6 simple 12 bar blues pieces along with variations and have the tools to create your own blues pieces.
✓ In this course you will learn two variations of the 12 bar blues pattern and understand what the I, IV and V are in the pattern and how they relate to what you will play on the keyboard.
✓ In this course you will learn how to put hands together in a variety of rhythm patterns and increase hand independence which will not only improve your playing of the blues but will also improve your playing in whatever genre or style is your favorite.
✓ In this course you will learn several riffs or licks and grooves and understand how these work together to create many different blues pieces that will impress your family and friends.


• Access to a piano or keyboard of at least 49 full sized keys with 61 or more keys being optimal.
• A commitment to practice at least 10 – 15 minutes a day 5 or 6 days a week.
• A laptop or tablet to set up next to your keyboard or piano.

This course is for

• This course is appropriate for any new piano blues player whether experienced in other styles of piano music or just sitting down to the piano for the first time.
Music teacher, composer, publisher of The Piano Bench Mag
After earning a B.A. in Human Resource Development (Training and Development) from Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago, Karen Gibson moved to Iowa and later New Mexico to raise Arabian horses; concurrently she taught a variety of courses in proprietary business schools in both states. In the early 90s she returned to Chicago and earned a paralegal certificate from Roosevelt University, eventually working as a paralegal in estate planning and later commercial real estate. She has also taught paralegals and legal secretaries.
Desiring to return to her love of teaching, she turned her career focus to teaching early childhood music classes and piano lessons in 2000. Since then she has grown her piano studio to an average of 60 – 70 students, working with children as young as 4 and adults even in their 70s and 80s. “You are never too old or too young to learn!” exclaims Karen.
In the spirit of constantly learning and trying new things, Karen decided to totally revamp her piano studio program and started writing her own pieces to use with her students in 2012. Results have far exceeded expectations and Karen’s main goal of working with students young and old as they learn how to create music and have fun with it is being achieved on a daily basis.
In October, 2013, Karen published her first issue of The Piano Bench Mag on Apple’s Newsstand.
Recently Karen took up photography and she enjoys photographing nature when she has opportunity to hike or cruise.
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Platform: Udemy
Video: 2h 36m
Language: English
Next start: On Demand

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