There are lots of people out there that would love to play the piano, and would like nothing better than to be able to sit at a piano in a pub somewhere and bang out some awesome blues and boogie woogie. How impressive would that be to your friends?
I’ve spoken to many people over the years that are extremely passionate about music – especially the blues and boogie woogie, and for some reason seem to think that learning to play it themselves isn’t possible. But the truth of the matter is that it’s possible for anyone to learn if they approach it in the right way.
Do I need to have piano lessons to learn how to play blues?
Taking piano lessons is a good way to learn, but there are some problems with this approach. Firstly, it isn’t cheap – and piano lessons typically cost anywhere between £20-£30 an hour. You’d also be expected to commit to weekly lessons as well, which is really good if you want to learn, but also an expense which might not be what you’re looking for.
Another problem with taking piano lessons to learn how to play blues on the piano is that you will struggle to find someone that teaches it. More often than not you will come across teachers that specialise in classical and ABRSM grades – as well as the usual pop songs and jazz. However, finding someone that not only plays blues piano and boogie woogie to a good standard and also teaches it is quite rare.
So overall, learning to play piano blues and boogie woogie via one to one tuition is a good idea if you are happy with the cost and can find someone in your area that can teach it.
Is there an alternative way to learn how to play blues piano and boogie woogie?
The great news is that nowadays we can shop online for pretty much anything – and we don’t have to leave the house! And if you want to learn how to play blues on the piano you are better off looking at a video course. You can pay half the cost of just one piano lesson and signup for an online video course to learn how to play great piano right hand licks, as well as awesome stomping left hand bass line boogie woogie.
Should I watch videos on YouTube for free?
Yes, there’s nothing wrong with hunting down tutorial videos on YouTube in order to learn how to play blues piano and boogie woogie. However, you’ll often find that the videos are too fast and don’t allow you to learn easily. More often than not, people who provide free tutorials online are not professionals and don’t take into consideration the needs of the beginner. They are usually looking for as many views as possible in order to increase their subscriptions for their own gain – and don’t tend to have the needs of the learner in mind.
As a beginner or even intermediate player, the best way to learn is to follow a video that takes its time and allows the learner to go at their own pace and to not be pushed – as this only leads to frustration, impatience and giving up!