How To Play a Blues Solo on Piano (Part 2) – Keyboard Tutorial


Welcome to Metalworks Institute Keyboard Tips.
I’m Peter Kadar and today, we’re going to talk about additional scales that we can use
when soloing over the Blues. In our last video we saw how using the Blues scale, C, E flat,
F, F sharp, G, B flat and C, could be used to solo over three chords, C, F, and G in
the Blues. So check it out. It sounds like this. Here we go. Pretty cool. After a while
though, it gets a little bit repetitive. So what we need to do is we need to add a few
things to our vocabulary so that we can maintain interest. So what I’m going to do is I’m going
to give you some new scales that we can add and superimpose over top of this Blues scale
to make it a little bit more interesting. So in the key of – on the C chord, we’re going
to use the Blues scale, its relative minor. So that would be A, C, D, D sharp, E, G, and
A. When we get to the F chord, we’re going to use the Blues scale of its relative minor,
which would be D Blues scale. So that’s going to be D, F, G, G sharp, A, C, and D. And when
we get to the G, we’re going to use the Blues scale of its relative minor, which is E. So
we’re going to get E, G, A, A sharp, B, D, and E. So that’s a really technical way of
looking at it. When I first discovered this, I called it the “Migral Scale”, because I
didn’t know what to call it at the time. And here’s why I called it the “Migral Scale”.
So if I think “Migral Scale”, that’s a lot easier to think about and remember than all
that other technical stuff I just said. So, what’s important is how it sounds. I’m going
to do a chorus of Blues, and I’m going to play with just the Blues scale, and then I’m
going to do a chorus of Blues with just the “Migral Scales”, and then finally I’m going
to do a chorus of Blues where I do both of them together. So, chorus of Blues. Here we
go. Check it out. Here’s the Migral Scale. More major and almost kind of country sounding.
Let’s put them both together, see what we get. I’m Peter Kadar from Metalworks Institute
Keyboard Tips. We’ll see you next time.

65 thoughts on “How To Play a Blues Solo on Piano (Part 2) – Keyboard Tutorial

  1. Not necessarily! Check out our music performance and technology 2-year program page on our website! (link is in the video description)

  2. Thanks for this video! We need to be ambidextrous to do this? I have problems with the fact of playing both hands at the same time, I lose the rhythm. Or it's just a matter of training?

  3. You have to seperate your brain in half . One part for the left and the other for the right , so it depends in your practise .

  4. Isn't that the truth?! Just keep at it… These particular techniques may seem tough, but when you break them down they come much easier!

  5. Try breaking the left and right hand parts and doing them separately first. Then work toward combining them.

  6. Hi I just stared playing piano, and I like the blues but; It's a slow process Would you please, do what you did on the piano, slowly, and put a camera over the key board, thank you very much from Glendale CA.

  7. Oh I love hearing this guy play. Thank you so much Lord Jesus Christ for blessing this fella with such talent, and for blessing him to share it with the rest of us on youtube.

  8. GREAT teaching style.  I love the way you break things down to where a simple man like me can understand.  Thank you >>>
    God Bless you, brutha'….!

  9. Hi Peter, Jasper from The Netherlands here. Like a few commenters asked before, can you explain how you play your left hand? Although it sounds like a typical bluespattern, it somehow sounds more funky. Indeed you also go a little fast in my opinion. Tnx for the great tutorial

  10. This tutorial is obviously not for those who don't know how to play the piano.   If you want all the basic stuff, you'll find that in a more basic tutorial.

  11. Interesting. I've gotten myself to the "My Girl" scale, as you call it, just thinking of it as a major pentatonic scale with an added minor third instead of the blues scale of the relative minor (because it helps me keep track of the tonic better), but both ways come to the same notes.

  12. For me its not that you play the relative minor pentatonic, it is just the major pentatonic of C. (C-D-E-G-A) (1-2-3-5-6)
    So you are actually playing around with the minor pentatonic or blues scale, and with the major pentatonic.
    In practice is the same thing, just in different order. The Aminor pentatonic scale is (A-C-D-E-G), same notes of the C major pentatonic scale. Also you can add the blue note (flat 5)

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