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How to Play Common Blues Comping Rhythms

Learn how to play common blues comping rhythms in this keyboard tutorial from Howcast.


Hi, this is Stephanie from Tomato's House of Rock, and I'm going to show you how to play some common blues comping rhythms. Let's look at our left hand because the left hand really drives the blues, especially for the keyboard.

So we're just going to start in the key of C. We're going to have our one and our five. So we've got that nice power cord going on down here, and we're just going to move that now. The top line is just going to be G, A, B flat, A , G and we're going to do that same thing except we're going to add our C for each one of the notes. So we're going to have... So there's our left hand. Now let's take a look at what your right hand can do with that. It's pretty much going to be a mirror image. So instead of our C being on the bottom, or our one, we're going to have the C on top and I'm going to find the three, which in the key of C is going to be the E. I'm going to do that same thing, just that line going up.

So I'm going to play E, F, G, F, E, so it goes up and then we're going to come back down again. But same thing, I'm going to add in my C on top so it'll be... So now very slowly, if we put hands together that line is going to be... So, now with just a little bit more speed behind it we might have... If you want to take it a step further you can start to add some accent notes in the left hand. So maybe now our left hand is going like... Slowed down that would look like... So basically the G is just going in between each note. So now, if I was to add that we would have... a little faster... That's how you play a common comping rhythm for the blues style.

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