Back to previous page

A Study about the Real Blues Piano



"inescapable, amazingly pedagogic, for everyone who really wants to know, understand, learn the real blues piano"

This work is more than a method, it is a tank of musical ideas in matter of blues piano.

It arises from analysis of the 67 pieces of our "Genius of Blues Piano" (*) anthology by means of concepts coming both from traditional music and jazz; the analysis is relating to the harmonic, rhythmic, composition-making processes.

The work is made of two parts:

1) A volume "TEXTS" referring to numerous  (232) examples coming from the authors presented in the collection "Genius of Blues Piano" (*):
OTIS SPANN, MEMPHIS SLIM, LITTLE BROTHER MONTGOMERY, SUNNYLAND SLIM, AMOS MILBURN, C.S.LEYLAND, DOCTOR JOHN, KATIE WEBSTER, LITTLE WILLIE LITTLEFIELD, COW COW DAVENPORT, J.BLYTHE, CRIPPLE CLARENCE LOFTON, ROBERT SHAW, MONTANA TAYLOR, JIMMY YANCEY, BIG MACEO, SAM PRICE, P.JOHNSON;
(95 pages of scores).
2) A "MOVED  SCORES"  CD  including  these  examples  in  form  of Vivaldi (Vivaldi: software developed by Vivaldi Studio (**)) moved scores, easily accessible and supporting the references written in the text;

a big strength of the work is in the fact that  the scores are moved scores, the Vivaldi viewer software allowing you to read an listen to the score in your computer (PC) screen at the same time;
a cursor  is running on the score displayed on your computer screen while you hear the sound corresponding to the place of the cursor.
You can modify the tempo, which allows you to read/listen to the score slower.

In the CD, the moved scores of the examples are sorted out by chapters, named by their marks in the chapters, and separated with "blanks" (small time intervals);
you can make a sequence of examples run, stopping it when you want; but you can also come easily from an example to an another one of the same chapter or an another one, owing to the MULTI-WINDOWING.

Reading the work is done, in order to be really effective , in presence of your computer's screen and the moved scores (but if you want, you could print by yourself the scores of your choice from the delivered pdf (adobe) files); it is a (relatively) revolutionary approach, now allowed by computing.

The "moved scores" CD includes the free software "vivaldi viewer" and it's instructions for use; they are now compatible with windows 7.

Note: taking into account the restrictions put on the territories of validity of the licensing agreements, the work is only sold in Europe.

(*) GENIUS OF BLUES PIANO, a 700-page blues piano anthology in form of moved and  commented scores,
(**) VIVALDI STUDIO,
www.vivaldistudio.com