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How to play a blues solo on a piano

Improvising in the 12 Bar Blues is incredibly difficult to master, much like every other style of musical improvisation, though is quite easy to start with for beginners.

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First, choose a note. For this guide I'm going to use C as my tonic, or "home note". Any C will do, just make sure you have a C above it as well. We need to get all the way up there.

C

C

Eb (E flat)

Eb (E flat)

F

F

Gb (G flat)

Gb (G flat)

G (G natural)

G (G natural)

Bb (B flat)

Bb (B flat)

C

C

Now you know the notes for the C Blues scale. Playing those notes, in any order, can create any solo you like in C. Tip: I add an E natural after the Eb. That's just a flair, and is optional.

There you go! Start out slow and keep it simple. Try going up and down the scale a few times until you really get a hang of it and the jazz will come. Good luck, and stay jazzy!

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