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CLIP 4777

Introduction to blues piano music

Introduction to blues piano music
Key Info
  • Introduction to blues piano music
  • Duration: 06:10
  • Jazz pianist Jools Holland explains a possible origin of the boogie-woogie style and identifies some of its key features. In addition, there is a description of how styles have developed and merged over time to create fusions such as a stride and boogie combination. Extracts from performances by musicians including Johnnie Johnson, George Shearing and Billy Preston are used to demonstrate blues piano styles.
  • Subject:



    Music in Context

  • Keywords: rhythm section, improvise, stride bass, blues, vibrato, bending, sliding, guitar, piano, scale, boogie-woogie
Ideas for use in class
  • Use to develop students' understanding of blues music focusing in particular on stride piano and boogie-woogie.
Background details
  • Clip language : English
  • Aspect ratio : 16x9

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