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How to Improvise on Piano Using the Blues Scale

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Whether you play guitar, trumpet, or whatever, it helps to see the blues scale on piano. Read the full article at http://www.makingmusicmag.com/forte/improvise-piano-blues-scale.html Video by Drew Roberts https://plus.google.com/102038177864423535989
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R3druMz1 (13 days ago)
thanks, this helps understand the blues scale.
Sepium (1 month ago)
0:51... Life is like a hurricane here in Duck - burg...
Charly escobar (4 months ago)
great video, another chord tones for the I7 in the bass could be G and Bb, maybe F as a passing tone and Eb, for the IV7 could be Eb and C, G as passing tone, for the V7 could be F
Luis Flores (5 months ago)
This is exactly what I was looking for! Something simple God bless you man 👍🏽
Yezenia Roldan (6 months ago)
This video is amazing!
Exter1op (6 months ago)
I love you
Pedro Isai Mancia Diaz (8 months ago)
Tagon min myat (9 months ago)
your video is good but if you show with the sheet music it will be better.
OBCT (10 months ago)
how do i know what key the song is in?
Dimitar Dimitrov (10 months ago)
so if i want to play these scales on a clarinet i must transpose it right ?
Boycke Boycke (11 months ago)
wanna duration more ,,,
KE (11 months ago)
marghe campo (1 year ago)
Thank you a lot! I guess editing such video is kinda complicated. BTW you're so talented. thanks for sharing!
Notvishal keerthi (1 year ago)
Awesome thanks
Joe N. (1 year ago)
Such an awesome video, and helpful, too! Thank you!
Matt Akuma (1 year ago)
Thank you
Kuro (1 year ago)
Instead of learning I was dancing xD
Joshua Hossain (1 year ago)
I want to know what the piano is and what piano makes the sound that it does on this video
bookwormgirl000 (1 year ago)
holy cow! two minutes and i've already learnt so much! thank you for this :))
bowen chang (1 year ago)
What is this rhythm of right hand?
Mo’s Music (1 year ago)
how do you do the animation to this
calenyulmaion (1 year ago)
can anybody else hear simcity 2000?
WEE EE (1 year ago)
Best piano video I've ever seen, heck, best video I've seen on YouTube I've seen so far And I watch YouTube videos since 2009
Shawn Mazerella (1 year ago)
Man. The blues is a lot different. For some reason no matter for how long I do the left when ever I okay the right hand my land wants to hit the same notes at the exact same time. Annoying lol
G mack (1 year ago)
that was beautiful
ZombieDawgs (1 year ago)
Idk how often you look at these things but two of your videos have been single handedly the greatest resource in just laying everything down in a clear manner. Thanks.
Jeremiah Hix (1 year ago)
this is so stupid ridiculous best lesson i've ever had and i've had real lessons...this is crazy awesome.
chio uruakpa (1 year ago)
lmao i thought the intro was the blues scale
Dana Franchitto (1 year ago)
thank you Mr. Roberts, I look forward to sitting down at a piano and applying what I've learned here.
HS Y (1 year ago)
This is the first time I play the thing that actually sounds like music thanks :D
XelJell (1 year ago)
This is so hard :c
NO008 (1 year ago)
Exactly what I was looking for! Thanks!
loushky619 (1 year ago)
Just wow
Aimon Cabral (2 years ago)
Really simple, well explained, and very useful Thanks!
kkkfts (2 years ago)
I get pussy now thanks to this
Wet Dick (1 year ago)
ye dawg
Nasty Perro (2 years ago)
bryann torres (2 years ago)
I learn a lot in a 2min video, that intro tho but the knowledge is very good.. video also made realized i need hand independence so a lot to practice. thanks for video
Lynkevmusic (2 years ago)
nice, thank you
satyajh (2 years ago)
Aint kissing ass... but to me.. you jazz pianists are like magicians.. my kid plays classical pieces, i can play by ear, but jazz and boogie woogie...damn you guys are talented
bursty burt (1 year ago)
satyajh o
Derpy (2 years ago)
I love your stop-motion videos!
mantid (2 years ago)
they are the best
Preet Mg (2 years ago)
You're a god thanks learnt a lot in two minutes
anzatzi (2 years ago)
great discusion and video!
Lmn Larry (2 years ago)
what song was that?
Joseph Hunte (2 years ago)
nice id could u do something like this with pentatonic major and minor scales i play pan and piano and wanted to learn how to solo properly :D:D
ornstoon (2 years ago)
yep that intro is terrifying
fcking love your teaching :)
Flavio Thepianist (2 years ago)
I love this!
Hynemen19 (2 years ago)
must have had lots of spare time on his hands
Sev (2 years ago)
I'd say this video made a lot of money relative to time spent
Reiley Williams (2 years ago)
this is absolutely fantastic, can you do more improvisation/ scales? like a lot more.
Ann Lou (2 years ago)
Amazing video!!!
Ann Lou (2 years ago)
It's really clever!!!
Piano AnimeBeginner (2 years ago)
Are there musics as fast as this music in the video ?
Xuetong Li (2 years ago)
This is so hard...soloing...struggling.......
Xuetong Li (2 years ago)
but i love this video
November Bees (3 years ago)
That was great. Usefully an the stop motion was amazing to see and made it clearer to see the keys (not being obscured by hands)
YaYa Yaaan (3 years ago)
please explain those blue scales
Daniel sh (3 years ago)
its al right you don not need to make the extra video but awesome video thanks
Daniel sh (3 years ago)
or please can you show me a link above my writing
Daniel sh (3 years ago)
Please can you make a video to say where the sheet of music for the blues scale in c is on the internet
Timeless Gamer (3 years ago)
This is probably the most helpful video I've found on blues, thanks a lot!!
loltheworld (3 years ago)
I just had to comment because that stop motion intro is mind-blowing. You win.
Alexander Mendoza (3 years ago)
Just Superb! Thanks for the video
Yosef (3 years ago)
wow this is very helpful.
joachim jensen (3 years ago)
Great man ! You really make jazz piano easy !!
Lucas Teks (2 years ago)
Great videos, but instead of making new lessons, why not starting to change this intro? I have nightmares everytime
Making Music magazine (3 years ago)
+joachim jensen Thank you! What else would you like to see in addition to the lessons already on our site?
boltednights (3 years ago)
This literally taught me to play a blues solo in under 3 minutes without any real previous experience or even knowing how to play piano at all. Thank You :)
boltednights (3 years ago)
a lesson on chords outside of major and minor, maybe blues chords and other chords scales?
Making Music magazine (3 years ago)
+boltednights Terrific! Thank you! What else would you like to see in addition to the lessons already on our site?
Bluesy Piano Scales (3 years ago)
Love these lessons!
Making Music magazine (3 years ago)
+Bluesy Piano Scales Thank you! What else would you like to see in addition to the lessons already on our site?
Zoe B (3 years ago)
amazing! just what I need. I knew the basic theory but struggled to make the things that actually *sound* right (the right variations, rhythm etc.) looking at some examples in your video really helped
Making Music magazine (3 years ago)
+Zoe Leung Thank you! What else would you like to see in addition to the lessons already on our site?
Kelly Nauli (3 years ago)
thank you so much for this video!
MrJJoshson (2 years ago)
+Making Music magazine awesome helpful videos, learnt alot very quickly. Maybe some boogie improv tutorials. Cheers
+Making Music magazine can you do this for jazz,?? Then tango etc..?! Thankks a lot
Making Music magazine (3 years ago)
+Kelly Nauli Thank you! What else would you like to see in addition to the lessons already on our site?
Mariia M (3 years ago)
Thank you much! It what I need 🙏
Making Music magazine (3 years ago)
+Mariia M Thank you! What else would you like to see in addition to the lessons already on our site?
Mariia M (3 years ago)
Keith Green (3 years ago)
That's a cool program you using with green markers etc on the keys, quite like these tutorials thanks
Making Music magazine (3 years ago)
+Keith Green Thank you! What else would you like to see in addition to the lessons already on our site?
The Cook (3 years ago)
What makes it even cooler is that it's not a program, it's stop motion. A lot of effort must have gone into these videos.
Kishion Kennedy (3 years ago)
I really need help understanding how to solo it's not easy for me
molekulaTV (3 years ago)
+Kishion Kennedy Hey! Solos come from chords basically. Check first the so called "triad chords" (or triads) and start make variations on those scales. (google this: triads on piano) I hope it helped dude :)
Nicole Weyandt (3 years ago)
Awesome tutorial!! Thank you!
Making Music magazine (3 years ago)
+Nicole Weyandt . Thanks for writing Nicole. What else would you like to see in addition to the lessons already on our site?
Tiff Jimber (3 years ago)
I know cat videos are more up everybody's alley but If you have a few minutes, I'd love to get your thoughts on my songs/videos. I'm always trying to improve. I know how busy we all are and truly appreciate you taking a moment to watch. Thanks! Tiff
An Unknown MAN (3 years ago)
Thank you !!!!!! You know your piano and a good teacher as well 
SamuGranato (3 years ago)
Josef Kolena (4 years ago)
hello. what is the correct fingering on thease scales?
Making Music magazine (3 years ago)
+Josef Kolena Thank you! What else would you like to see in addition to the lessons already on our site?
EVMusic (3 years ago)
+Josef Kolena 1 3 131 4 5 is the fingering i use just for the scale
DBIYBIMWBIU (4 years ago)
This stop motion is impressive. 
Charmian O'Brien (4 years ago)
love you :D)
wow that video must have taken a while to make
Haiping Zhou (4 years ago)
COOL3R (4 years ago)
Dude you are awesome. I can play the blues so well now
CakeCraftersMC (4 years ago)
WOW - Tysm amazing!!
민훈기 (4 years ago)
its really nice! Thankyou!
Will Wei (4 years ago)
Love the intro lol
cheyenne rogers (4 years ago)
thank you, god bless 
javascript_html (4 years ago)
Dude! I freakin Love you and your tutorials!
Alleewallee (4 years ago)
That improv was beautiful!!! Thanks it really helped.
albert heijn geen aldi (4 years ago)
How do i practise this
Tim Howell (4 years ago)
Your presentation style is very helpful
Zach Jennings (4 years ago)
That improvisation near the end was pretty gorgeous! 
Geritopia (4 years ago)
Who goes to the trouble of making a Gumby stop-motion version of a beginner's blues tutorial?  Holy cow.  Kudos to you.
Nate Kyng (4 years ago)
You know…I gotta say, as a guitarist…I love the piano. I'd love to learn how to play. 
Nate Kyng (3 years ago)
+Making Music magazine I haven't fully explored yet but I'll get back to you once I do. Thank you for the reply and I'll be sure to check it out. I don't know if you have em though, but showing blues scales in all major/minor keys would be awesome
Making Music magazine (3 years ago)
+Nate Kyng Check out the guitar vids at our site, too! Thank you! What else would you like to see in addition to the lessons already on our site?
Making Music magazine (4 years ago)
Easy video to help you improvise on #piano using a blues scale. How to Improvise on Piano Using the Blues Scale
Soomi Chung (7 months ago)
Your videos helped me sooooo much, Thank you
ManInPink123 Kekovic (2 years ago)
u are the best piano man for me after Billy Joel.U need to play it on concert
Matt Cartwright (5 years ago)
The bottom end of the piano so horribly out of tune!
Ofdejerski (4 years ago)
don't worry,for us- beginners, who doesn't know which side is bottom it doesn't matter. what matters is the simple show with no cover by fingers. thanks to this show I spend a few hrs by the keyboard of my son with auto accompaniment and enjoyed it. Now I even know three chords from next "level"- even that , after a few weeks, I am hardly able to hit right hand in tune with left one. Job for  beginners is really appreciated - thx Drew.
walken199 (5 years ago)
fucking fantastic! thanks man!!!
malahierva12 (5 years ago)
Nice rhythm
Lucra Tech (5 years ago)
Thanks so much! that helped alot
bboooommsstteerr (5 years ago)
Dude! Not so fast!
Sim Simmer (5 years ago)
wow thats so cool commenting sheron
JoAnn Ryan (5 years ago)
kewl, love the blues scale, gonna practice this :)
headless0815 (5 years ago)
It's as simple as this!
mykimikimiky (5 years ago)
oh man I owe you a lot ! thnx !!!!

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