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The basic principles of blues piano, explained for the intermediate level pianist in an easy-to-grasp fashion.

  • All styles from the 1920s to the present day
  • Examples of boogie woogie, swing, jazz, funk,
    gospel, New Orleans & Chicago blues...
  • Authentic left hand patterns & bass lines
  • Improvisation tips
  • Professional chord voicings
  • Blues scales, licks & riffs
  • Fingering
  • Co-ordination exercises for both hand
  • Explanations of all theoretical terms
  • Covers both solo piano and band playing
  • Suggested listening/ discography
  • Twenty full-page photographs of blues pianists

"Without a close second, the best instruction book ever!"
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IMPROVISING BLUES PIANO won the Best Publication prize at the 2004 Frankfurt Music Fair,
and is now available in both French and German (see below)

If you already own this book see the latest update for new additions.


Schott ED 12504
264 pp + CD
RRP £2

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Over 60 pieces to play, including many original compositions by the author, together with new arrangements of the following well-known standards:

Ain't No Sunshine,
Back in the Alley,
Bag's Groove,
Blueberry Hill, Blue Monk, C Jam Blues,
Got my Mojo Workin', Honky Tonk Train Blues, How Long Blues,
Just a Closer Walk with Thee, Mary Ann,
op's Boogie Woogie, St Louis Blues, See See Rider.

"I have never seen a book as complete, as professional, and as well put together as this one."

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There are five YouTube clips linked with the book. Click on the
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Each chapter is graded within itself, providing some challenging pieces towards the end. Improvising is encouraged at all stages, with assignments giving ideas & guidance. The accompanying CD contains all the pieces, including some play-along tracks, performed by Tim Richards.

Press Reviews

"This book leaves any possible competition standing at the post"
Brian Priestley
- JAZZWISE Magazine

"The presentation is immaculate, the method is logical and friendly. This book feels good..."
MOJO Magazine

"The essential book for all aspiring blues pianists"
Jools Holland

"Beautifully presented, it has clarity, heart and comprehensiveness."
Michael Garrick

"Helpful features include a great CD by the London-based Richards, who is a top-notch performer, recording artist and educator... All the lessons are presented in an extremely organised and easy to understand manner; it's almost like having your own personal instructor... I highly recommend the book... It's the best I've seen yet."
(USA) - the largest circulation blues magazine in the world)

"It is a pleasure to be able unreservedly to recommend this book to aspiring blues and boogie pianists. I for one will be using it in my workshops in future."
Bob Hall
- BLUES & RHYTHM Magazine

"For blues piano, it's about as thorough as any book I've seen."
Jamey Aebersold

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Price and Availability

UK price is £24.99 (includes CD)
Distribution is by MDS (, or Music Exchange.
It can be obtained via mail-order online from Jazzwise.
It is also usually in stock at:
FOYLES BOOKSHOP, 113-119 Charing Cross Road, London WC2
To obtain details of other stockists in the UK, please call SCHOTT - Freephone 0800-525 566.

USA price is $39.95 (includes CD)
Distribution is via HAL LEONARD:
It can be ordered online via the JAMEY AEBERSOLD mail order service:

Order No for both USA and UK is ED12504 (ISBN: 0-946535-97-3).

The Italian translation IMPROVISARE AL BLUES AL PIANO was published as a single volume by Volonté & Co in 2016.
ISBN: 978-88-63886

Germany & France
The German and French translations are published by Schott in two volumes, entitled simply BLUES PIANO I and II.
Price per volume:
Blues Piano I - order No ED 9695 - E22,95 (includes chapters 1-3, and the CD for both volumes)
Blues Piano II - order No ED 9724 - E19,95 (includes chapters 4-5, and the index for both volumes)