The Tremolo Boogie Boogie-woogie is the most fun genre of non-Classical piano-playing ever. And even after touring the world with The Beach Boys, Ricky Nelson, Rod Stewart, and others, and having played a wide variety of music, my favorite still has to be boogie-woogie. These are not simplified versions, nor are they overly-complicated. They are the real thing.
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In this lesson, we will examine the right-hand riffs and licks that make the boogie-woogie style so infectious. Within a particular boogie-woogie piano piece, you will find yourself using elements from both of these scales. Although in boogie-woogie, the pentatonic scale more is more widely used. The blue notes are minor 3rd, and the flat 5, and this give it that kind of hard, gritty, bluesy sound.
This means that many of the same principles can be applied to right-hand licks. In particular, we can utilise the chromatic element when we move the notes up or down a half step to achieve interesting tension and release. This is a characteristic sound of the music and one that you will hear in countless recordings. We already explored this concept in the turnarounds examples in the previous lesson.
We will now look at more specific examples and demonstrations. The slide-off is a similar concept to the slur, and the demonstrations in this lesson will help you to understand this concept and its use in boogie-woogie music. Boogie-Woogie Trills Trills get used all over the place in boogie-woogie music. They also get used very often within the verses, like in the verse from The "Boogie-Woogie Prayer" that will will arrange later in this course.
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