12 Bar Blues Piano Tutorial - Basic Blues Progression, Left Hand & Blues Scale

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Hi everyone, and welcome to another piano video here at Merriam Pianos. Instead of a review video, today we’re going to go over some cool tips to help get people improvising on the piano for the first time.

We’re going to look at the basic 12 bar blues form, as this is a great starting point to get people playing without any sheet music for the first time.

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It can be really intimidating and daunting to try and figure out where to start when it comes to improvising. It’s easy to get discouraged, as it takes years to become highly proficient as an improviser. This is why starting with the 12 bar blues form is such an effective way to get into this stuff. For one, when you’re starting to improvise, your brain is overloaded with information so it’s important to focus on a simple structure that you won’t forget. It’s super easy to internalize the 12 bar blues form and make it feel instinctual, which frees you up to focus on building the necessary skills for improvising, with the 12 bar blues form as the vehicle.

Even if you have no interest in playing the blues, this form is highly malleable and applicable to all sorts of styles of music.

The 12 bar blues form consists of only 3 chords. If we’re in the key of C, the chords are C Major, F Major and G Major. Watch as Stu takes the viewer through the 12 bar structure, how to form the chords with the left and some ideas as to what to play with the right hand.

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