This performance of Kansas City by Wilbert Harrison is a fine example of blues boogie woogie accompaniment and soloing. It features a simple rhythmic pattern between the hands and an easy riff-based solo. The one unusual aspect is his choice of key: Db major. (I've provided two written versions for you in Db and C)
4. To create a strong mental impression of how the music will be played follow the score while listening to the video. Notice he plays a heavy accent on beats 2 and 4 in the left hand and aggressively accented chords in the right.
5. Start practicing the score by playing slowly while keeping your attention on the correct fingering of the chords.
6. To get the swing of the music, play along with the video. If necessary, slow the video down.
7. Have fun.
Harrison plays a remarkably similar piano part in his video of Stagger Lee. Can you hear the similarities? The link is below.
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Scales, chords, arpeggios, reviewing some favorites, work on your new pieces, sight reading, ear training, and for jazz musicians there is always transcribing. Whew! Sometimes it is all a bit much. Sometimes the best use of an hour is just too...
Chitlin's Con Carne For Transcribing
Jimmy Smith Key F
Kenny Burrell Key of C min
Junior Wells Key of A min
Stevie Ray Vaughan Key of B min
This lick can be found in numerous pieces. Below is a sampling. Sometimes it is played in the minor key. Sometimes it is sung in the chorus, sometimes it is fragmented on the introductions, sometimes it is played during a solo, and sometimes it is played on instrumental breaks. Horace Silver plays the lick thirteen times during his solo. See if you can locate them.
1. Listen to each piece and locate the lick.
2. Figure out which key it is played in.
3. Play the lick with the recording, coming in only when the lick is played.
This lick and its variations are found in countless blues recordings. This is one of my favorites.
You've got to learn your instrument. Then, you practice, practice, practice. And then, when you finally get up there on the bandstand, forget all that and just wail.
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