– blues riff #1 –

Here is my newest video for you! I intended for it to be shorter than it turned out, but I think you will enjoy going through this riff with me. As an added bonus, this time I actually show you how to play the piano. I hope you enjoy this video. This riff is one of my favorites because it is the first jazz/blues riff that I learned and helped me start down the path towards becoming a better musician.

After watching & practicing this you will be able to use it in various songs. And, if you will just take it step-by-step you’ll be able to master this and use it regularly. If you have any questions, just post it in the comments below and I will get back to you. Practice well!

blues riff #1 from danieljohn on Vimeo.

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Well – here’s my first shot at a video lesson, and I promise that l will get better as this goes along. For instance, next time, I might even show you the piano keys as I’m playing (not sure why I didn’t think to record this). I think you’ll still get the idea I was trying to convey, and if you are wondering what the actual chords are you can download my arrangement of the chart for this video here.

When we played it live, we “gospelized” this song by having our drummer play a swing beat over a four-on-the-floor kick pattern and it came out great. Obviously, there are multiple variations that you could do, but that’s what worked for us. Have fun with this new arrangement of this old hymn, and if you have any questions about the song you can email me: dj (at) danieljohnmusic (dot) com

You can also view this video on a mobile device HERE

Victory from danieljohn on Vimeo.