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How To Play Boogie Woogie/Rock and Roll Piano
Playing Boogie Woogie Piano
Playing Boogie Woogie piano can be darn hard. It's very technical and fast, so requires a fairly good technique from the pianist. The left hand is constantly in action playing very demanding non-stop riffs. In the image on the left you can see two typical Boogie left hand riffs. At the same time the right hand is usually going at 100 miles an hour. In these videos, we try to break the whole process down, so it's easily understandable. The videos go alongside our in-depth downloadable Boogie Woogie sheet music guides.
How to do "Glissando" (sliding down the keys quickly)
In this video I explain how you perform what is called the "glissando", i.e. ripping up or down the piano keys very quickly. When you first start doing this, it can really hurt your fingers, so build up the resistance on your fingernails slowly. Make sure you don't get your thumb too flat and close to the keys, otherwise you'll catch your skin and that'll hurt somewhat!
The main bit you want to watch starts at 43 seconds
Classic Left Hand Riffs
This is the nuts and bolts of Boogie Woogie piano playing - the all important left hand riffs that gives Boogie its classic sound. Check out our downloadable guide that goes into even more detail here: Boogie Woogie/Rock and Roll Left Hand Licks/Patterns.
Classic Right Hand Boogie Woogie Licks/Patterns
In this video I show you how to play some of the classic right hand patterns that are used in Boogie Woogie playing. Check out our full guide: Classic Right Hand Boogie Woogie Licks/Patterns
I this video I explain how you get that really "bluesy" sounds when you slide from one key to another.
Right Hand "Rips"
In this video I explain how you rip through a number of keys - a technique often used by Boogie and Rock and Roll piano players such as Jerry Lee Lewis.
In this video I show you a number of typical endings that are used at the end of a section or piece. Take a look at our fully written out and downloadble guide: Boogie Woogie section endings sheet music.