Wolfgang Wierzyk

Discovering Boogie & Blues Piano

A systematic method for learning licks, accompaniment patterns and improvisation (Lehrmaterial) (Teaching material)

for: Piano

Music score, Playback-CD

Item no.621109
Author/ComposerWolfgang Wierzyk
Scope96 pages; 23 × 30.5 cm
Release year2014
Publisher/ProducerSchott Music
Producer No.ED 13246
24.50 €
Delivery time: 2–3 working days (Germany )
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Boogie Woogie and Blues music has always been a popular style amongst pianists, but it can be all too difficult to find interesting, effective and fun teaching methods - now you need not look any further! Discovering Boogie & Blues Piano by Wolfgang Wierzyk, for the first time available in English translation is the revised and expanded edition of the bestselling German title Die Boogie & Blues Methode” (SPL 1025). Taking you step by step through technical aspects of the playing style, as well as guidance in improvisation, historical information and recommendations for further listening, Discovering Boogie & Blues Piano is an ideal introduction to this style of music.The book is accompanied by a CD recording of all exercises and pieces performed by the author.


  • Introduction
  • Aims of the Course, History of Blues and Boogie
  • The Blue Notes, the 12 Bar Blues Scheme
  • Improvisation, Features of Boogie-Woogie
  • Instructions for Use
  • Star It Up
  • The Beat Boes On
  • Building the Melody: Alternating Thirds
  • Building the Melody: Third Syncopations
  • Experiments in Improvisation, Liberating the Drone Note
  • It's Groove Time
  • The Blues Scale
  • The First Blue Note
  • Double the Hands, Double the Groove
  • Thickening the Groove
  • Two-handed Comping Variations
  • Seventh Chords, Adding to the Blues Scale
  • Courage to Leave Gaps
  • Filling the Gaps
  • Thirds Lick and Scale Loops
  • Triplets in the Melody
  • A New Hobby
  • Links in the Boogie Chain
  • Slippery Fingers
  • The Second Blue Note as a Triplet Lick
  • Striding the Blues in C Minor
  • Improvisation in C Minor
  • The Next Level Up
  • Two into One
  • Blues Ballad in A Minor
  • Improvisation in A Minor
  • Family Gathering
  • Ear Candy
  • In Chains
  • Playing as a Team
  • Brass and Guitar
  • Bass and Drums
  • Halfway There
  • Varying the Root Licks, Thirds Runs
  • Your Own Handiwork
  • Add Your Own Solos
  • Transposing Licks
  • Transposing: How to Go About It
  • Blues Drone Scale
  • A New Comping Pattern
  • Comping Pattern I
  • Examples
  • Old Boogie, New Pattern
  • The Prep Boogie
  • Crushed Notes, Read the Small Print
  • Crushed Notes (continued)
  • Listen and Play
  • Preparation
  • Lick Reunited
  • Lick Bariations
  • A Close Fit
  • Boogie Chain III
  • QWalking Bass Patterns
  • Variations on the Blues Scheme
  • Boogie Walking Basses, Boogie Walk in G
  • Walking Bass Examples . Blues and Jazz Conmping
  • Trills
  • Walking Bass Vaqriants, Counter Line on G
  • Your First Walking Bass Boogie
  • The Sixths Connection
  • Chop the Walk
  • Of Ornaments and Other Beautiful Things
  • The All Inclusive Boogie
  • Stretching Out
  • Clusters
  • The Amen Formula
  • Save the Best for Last
  • Lick Roll
  • The Devil is in the Detail
  • Boogie Chain IV in G, Lick Transfer C to G
  • Lick Transfers from C to G and back
  • Comping Patterns II
  • Examples
  • Practising Comping Patterns
  • Lady in Blue
  • Ladies Boogie: Notes
  • Ladies Boogie: Examples
  • Virtuoso Boogie Finale
  • In the Beginning was the Intro
  • Leave Them Wanting More
  • Glossary
  • CD Track Listing