A Beginner's Guide to Improvisation
Get started playing authentic blues piano by ear! No music reading or previous piano experience is necessary.
David Cohen's step-by-step method is logically and carefully conceived. He systematically leads you through all the steps you'll need to play solid blues piano, whether as a soloist or as a member of a band.
David imparts innumerable tips on style while showing you the scales, chord theory, turnarounds, endings and blues licks that will quickly make you a formidable player. Homespun's cameras give you a bird's eye view of everything that David plays, making his instruction easy to follow and user-friendly. Within minutes you'll be playing rhythm on the bass notes with your left hand and riffing on the treble notes with your right.
DVD Two takes you beyond the beginner's level and firmly into intermediate territory. The heart and soul of this style is in your ability to improvise, and David gives you all the tools you'll need to make up your own solos, completely by ear.
Starting his lesson with various kinds of "slow blues," the emotional and dramatic form that is the basis for so many great songs, David demonstrates variations in the basic chord progression as well as an array of bass lines, chord voicings, turnarounds and familiar-sounding riffs. You'll then get into the "New Orleans Rumba," with its infectious rhythms and funk-based sounds made famous by Professor Longhair, Dr John and many other Crescent City players.
Finally, David wraps up his instructional method with a rockin', straight-time boogie-woogie, giving you yet another blues format to add to your newly found repertoire.
David's approach to teaching is systematic and logical. He packs an amazing amount of information into these DVD lessons, giving you enough material to keep you busy for months to come.