In this free country piano lesson I’m going to teach you how to play a really famous country piano lick. This lick was originally made famous by the great Floyd Cramer but many great piano players have played variations of it since then. 5. You can hear this lick being used by pianists like Page McConnell from Phish, Bruce Hornsby, Norah Jones, Vince Guaraldi, Gabe Dixon, and many others. Since these are pentatonic based notes there really aren’t too many avoid notes so you can change the riff slightly to fit into all kinds of different situations. Not only is a cool riff but it will have an added bonus of helping you learn your major pentatonic scales.
From a technique standpoint make sure you keep your hands close to the keyboard when you do the octave shifts as well. Provides workbooks, CDs and software to learn play piano by ear in gospel contemporary jazz styles.
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A lot of the songs of today use an even beat based on eight notes and sixteenth notes.But if you listen to the standards, jazz or blues, you hear a different beat.
The picture on the left shows the numbering of the fingers to play piano or keyboards for the left and right hand.
Learn to play songs by and in the in the style of the popular artist of today and yesterday. I will never share your information and you will be asked to opt in if you want to receive future offers. This intermediate piano lesson takes you through the introduction used by billy joel and the chords to accompany yourself singing piano man. Let me know if there are any questions by posting comments and I’ll do my best to answer them!
The bass lines we have been talking about in previous blog posts will work for this song, but someone noted that they are not completely authentic and Jerry Lee Lewis would use more of a boogie woogie pattern.
I would say that the focus is really on what your singing and right hand is doing, so your left hand doesn’t get enough attention for it to really matter what specific notes it plays. With just 10 minutes a day on the Chord Master 5000, you can be on your way to the perfect chord shapes you’ve always desired… JUST KIDDING! The reason they are so helpful is because you practice finding the chord 8 times in each arpeggio in multiple different situations.
While the right hand is rolling the chord, the left hand will start moving to the next highest C chord, crossing OVER THE TOP of the right hand. Left hand then hits a single C note on the top when the right hand is finished and you play the opposite direction (from right to left). With my private lesson students that I teach in person, I ask them to play their 12 major chords and 12 minor chords in 30 seconds each and this is the exercise that helps them get up to speed! Here is a country piano lick that would work for any part of werewolves of london or sweet home alabama.
To take this to other keys, you really should know the major scale for the key you want to play it in so that you can use FLAT3, 3, 8 to find the notes.
IF you don’t know the major scale, the trick is to find the third of the chord or triad. Even though some of these are simpler, when I’m trying play and sing at the same time, I’ll use these simple patterns the most! Here are the really flashy piano bass lines that will give the youngsters the challenge they’ve been looking for!


The first is a search engine to help you find the music and chords for your favorite songs. Inversions are written like a fraction, with the name of the chord on top and the bass note on the bottom.
You’ll hear this lick being used in thousands of songs so it will definitely be useful for you to learn.
Even though it’s technically a country lick it really can be used in other styles of music such as pop and rock. The chord progression I play in this country piano lesson (A, G, D) is a I bVII IV (I b7, 4) chord progression. If you just take a look at the notes on each individual chord they come from the major pentatonic scale.
I play this lick using straight sixteenth notes but you could easily swing them if the groove of the song you’re playing has more of a swing feel. If you love the pentatonic type sound of this lick I recommend you all check out this lesson on spicing up major piano chords using the 9th. I played this lick over 3 different chords  n this country piano lesson but remember you can always chop of the lick and just play the pattern over 1 chord. Additionally, if you’re still getting comfortable with your first inversion and root position major chords it will help with that too!
Actually applying licks you learn to real songs is a fantastic way to really master a new lick. Pretty much anything with a major chord could theoretically work but if you need some suggestions here is a very short list. I can play pretty much from a fake book but am struggling with voicings and playing suitable licks and riffs. You will learn to play melody with the right hand, while backing up the melody with chords with the left hand.
Below that for reference I have put a picture showing the finger numbers for left and right hand piano or keyboard playing. It is part of the music reading lessons and will only have links back to the free lessons on learning to read music, the music site map and the other supplementary pages. I also show you how to play harmonica without using your hands or a harmonica holder wrapped around your neck!
In this song as in most songs, the root of the chord gets played on beat one of the pattern.
As long as the left hand rhythm is steady, the exact bass line doesn’t matter a whole lot.
You still play the C chord, but you’re starting with the top note G first, then E, then C. The 3 means go up three notes (to E), and the Flat3 means count up three notes in the C major scale (to E) but then lower or flat whatever that note is a half step (Eflat). The basic set of chords are D, C and G, but Warren Zevon plays them with cool sounding embellishments that we can borrow! You’ll find them used over and over again in many published song books… so it makes sense to practice them! The major pentatonic scale is simply a major scale with the 4th and 7th scale degrees moved.
I have an ear for picking out melodies but trying to figure out correct chords to go with them.
The rhythm of the backup chords is a mixture of single quarter beats and a shuffle beat rhythm of the chord on a quarter beat.


In fast rock and roll, we are focused more on playing really fast and loud rhythms, so we give up big lush chords in exchange for a few reasons. I got a little too excited during my solo and didn’t really plan ahead for the right ending. If there were one exercise that I would do for fun and get good at my chords at the same time, I would play arpeggios.
This embellishment actually gets used OVER AND OVER again in rock, blues and country piano.
If we do all three at the same time too low on the piano it sounds muddy and has no energy. If you want to learn more about major scale check out this lesson on major scale music theory. When I move my hand up and down the keyboard I’m essentially grabbing these chord shapes and letting my other fingers just naturally surround the other notes of the riff.
Also notice that in the third and seventh measures, we use a triplet with two rest before the third note to bring in that note with the same feeling. The use of chord inversion allows you to play this progression with minimum hand and finger movement. Playing a shuffle rhythm on every beat would be boring so I mix quarter beats with shuffle beats. In the video, In the video I show you how to play it on D major, C major and G major, but it will work on any major triad! Best of all, lyric sheets with chords are pulled from all over the net to one place so you can find the one with the least mistakes. Sharp keys like E, A and D are very popular on guitar, and keys with lots of white notes or low numbers of sharps and flats are easier on the piano. The picture of the A chord has standard fingering, but for a blues progression, it's better to use the 4th finger on the root a.
You don't need to follow the arrangement exactly, just mix the quarter and shuffle beats as the spirit moves you.
They can also be fairly redundant because most of the attention is going to be on your right hand.
If you use the word mer-ri-ly and just say mer, hold ri silent and say the ly you have the feeling of the shuffle beat. Blues musician would use a mix of straight and tied triplets throughout a song as the spirit moves them.
But since each cost about the same or less than a  single private lessons, you might want to get them both. Your left hand just plays a supporting role to drive the music, while your right hand gets the spotlight. In addition to the musical notation, you will have midi sound samples to help you get that feel for the shuffle beat. They will be found at the top of the main pages and in the relevant paragraphs on  three quarter time, the triplet and shuffle beat topics.
Even in the automatic accompaniment section of an electronic keyboard it can be left out and the correct chord will still be triggered. But as you have the fingering from the keyboard pictures, you can use it more as a guide for the timing, without actually reading the music.



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