I hope you’re doing well with your piano playing, and enjoying every minute! This is actually an important aspect of music, and much more than “just words.” Every accomplished musician I know get to where they are today because they enjoyed the act of playing music at every step, even when they didn’t sound “good.”
Another side to this, of course, is that it’s possible to sound great at any level. The key is to embrace what we can play at the time, and to “own” it.
I’ve made a video to show you how to put this into practice and experience it for yourself. It’s a way to get some real jamming experience on a Blues in C, and the best thing is that you can do it at any level of musical experience.
If you’ve never played the blues before, you’ll have fun and sound great just playing a C, while exploring various rhythms. If you just want to play the C, F, and G chords, that’ll sound great too. And if you already know the blues scale or how to improvise around the chord tones, then you can do that as well.
You can jam along with me on the video at whatever level you’re at, from beginner to advanced. You’ll hear me solo, you can take your own solo, and then we’ll “trade 4’s.” Jamming in this way, while enjoying what you can play right now, is the surest way to becoming better and better over time. It’s the solid foundation everyone’s looking for, and all the fancy theory, lick, and techniques will build on top of this. But without this solid foundation based on jamming at our current level, none of the fancy stuff will help. Because it needs to flow, and this is how we learn to flow.
Here’s the video:
Jam with Ron #1: Rockin’ Blues in C Playalong
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