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DVD-Learn To Play Blues Piano #1
DVD-Learn To Play Blues Piano 1
Actor: David Cohen
Director: Happy Traum
Genres: Special Interests, Educational, Musicals & Performing Arts
NR     2004     1hr 30min

David Cohen systematically leads novice players through all the steps needed to play solid blues piano, showing the scales, chord theory, turnarounds, endings and licks that will quickly make anyone into a formidable playe...  more »


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Actor: David Cohen
Director: Happy Traum
Genres: Special Interests, Educational, Musicals & Performing Arts
Sub-Genres: Special Interests, Educational, Musicals, Independently Distributed
Studio: Homespun Tapes
Format: DVD - Color
DVD Release Date: 09/01/2004
Release Year: 2004
Run Time: 1hr 30min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 3
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English

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Highly recommend!
Miss Erin | 03/03/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I have had no musical training and cannot read any notes yet after watching this DVD i can play these blues chords and notes. The instruction is so simple and practical. You will have to pause a few times to practice the notes and chords you just learned before going on to the next step. As he is teaching the camera will view down on the top of the piano and keys so you can see exactly what you are being taught and exactly where to place your fingers.. I think its a very helpful video and very fun!"
Excellent but requires some musical knowledge
Reader | United States | 02/19/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Cohen uses a fair amount of musical terminology (like diminished chord, 6th chord, 7th chord, minor scale, major scale) and if you don't know those terms you're likely to feel lost. If you do have a basic grasp of musical terminology and theory, however, then you can use this DVD to learn some cool piano blues.

I've only been working on piano for a couple of months now, but this DVD helped me to learn some basic shuffles with the left hand and some of the less-challenging comps with the right hand, and it's enough to motivate me to work even harder to conquer the harder stuff. (Disclaimer: At this point I'm playing stuff very slowly, and chord changes and turnarounds are still pretty awkward and frequently flubbed. I don't want to make it sound like I've mastered anything. I'm just...on my way.)

Cohen moves fast and takes no prisoners, so be prepared to use the pause and rewind buttons a lot. He doesn't spend much time on any given topic, but his explanations are clear and helpful. I keep moving from the piano bench to the couch, playing then watching.

There's no secret magical formula here to make blues piano easier. It was quite a struggle for me to make that initial breakthrough, and I have a long, long way to go to be able to play smoothly and up to speed. But if you're determined and motivated, the material here is definitely enough to get you well on your way."
Really quite nice
Robert Andrews | Florence, MS United States | 01/09/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I've found this DVD well-suited to my learning style. It's oriented not around sheet music, but demonstration & explanation.

The presenter is personable, communicates well, and introduces some fun & interesting blues piano in a way that sends me dashing constantly back to the keyboard to try things out."
Steve 63 | 02/14/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)

"I agree with the other reviews here, if you are not into sheet music you can learn from this very quickly especially if you already know something of the terminology of 1 3 5 7 and how it applies to your keyboard activity. My son is tinkling away as I write inspired each time he watches a bit more of the DVD.
My only criticism is that the overhead camera would be better about 10 or twenty degrees off to one side to give a better idea of the finger movement.
if not that then maybe lighting from the side to give some shadows for the same effect."