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Rockabilly Piano Lesson #1

INSTRUCTIONS: Play the left hand broken chord pattern by using the left pinky, left
middle, left index, and left thumb. You will be playing a C6, F6, and G6 chords.

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Rockabilly Piano Lesson #2
INSTRUCTIONS: Now add the right hand extended chords to compliment the left hand
broken chord patterns. Right hand chords are colored RED. Right hand chord fingering
is Thumb, Index, MIddle, and Pinky.

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Rockabilly Piano Lesson #3
INSTRUCTIONS: This time the right hand chords will be half notes instead of
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Rockabilly Piano Lesson #4
INSTRUCTIONS: This time the right hand chords will be quarter notes instead of
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Rockabilly Piano Lesson #5

INSTRUCTIONS: This time the right hand chords will be eigth notes instead of half
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Rockabilly Piano Lesson #6

INSTRUCTIONS: This time play the exercise by mixing up right hand values such as
whole notes, half notes, quarter notes, and eighth notes.

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Rockabilly Piano Lesson #7

INSTRUCTIONS: This time use easy single note melodies in the right hand. PAY
ATTENTION to the right hand finger numbers.

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Piano Rockabilly Lesson #8

INSTRUCTIONS: This time use easy single note melodies in the right hand.
NOTICE that the melody has faster eighth notes.

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Piano Rockabilly Lesson #9
INSTRUCTIONS: Pay close attention to the right and left

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Piano Rockabilly Lesson #10
INSTRUCTIONS: Pay close attention to the right and left hand fingers.
Notice chords are colored red. This exercises uses 8th notes to create a

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hand interval, but the new element added to this exercise is playing a

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ROCKABILLY PIANO LESSON #20: Learning how to trill two notes
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as fast as you can. Do NOT even try to count them.

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one lick #2. Just one note difference. It's in the double notes. In lick #1 the


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ROCKABILLY PIANO LESSON #40: Here comes the hard part. Mixing a right hand melodic
rhythm lyic with this difficult left hand bass pattern. The top line is the saxophone part. The
midi file of this is a duet between a saxophone and a piano that is using some of the ideas


already presented in this study. The sax music is in red. piano is in black.

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ROCKABILLY PIANO LESSON 41: Some licks are longer than one
measure. This one is 3 measures long. Licks that are longer than

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one or two measures require a total different series of lessons.

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Rockabilly Piano Lesson #42: Right Hand lick #3. This is


played 4 times for repetition just so that you can hear it over



and over again.


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Eb
D
E
G A
C
E
A
G
E Eb D C
A

PAY ATTENTION TO THE NAMES OF THE NOTES ABOVE.

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NOW PAY ATTENTION TO THE CORRECT RIGHT HAND FINGER
NUMBERS ABOVE.

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ROCKABILLY PIANO LESSON #43: Practice right hand lick #3
with the left hand bass pattern #1. Play over and over until
youcan do it without thinking.






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ROCKABILLY PIANO LESSON #44: Practice Right Hand Lick Number 4.


PAY ATTENTION TO THE NAMES OF THE NOTES. I'll play this 5 times over


and over so that you can hear how it is suppose to sound.

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Slide middle finger 3 off the black key onto the
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the left hand bass pattern at the same time.


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ROCKABILLY PIANO LESON $46: Right Hand lick #6. The first chord is C major
chord in the 1st inverted position. The 2nd chord is an F major chord in the root


position, the 3rd chord is a C7 chord 2nd inverted position. Notice the names of the


b
notes and finger numbers.

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C C C
C
A Bb A
G F
E F G


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Copyright 2004 By John Axsom
ROCKABILLY PIANO LESSON #47: Combine right hand lick #6 with the
left hand bass pattern #2 at the same time.

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Rockabilly Piano Lesson #49: Lick #7 Right Hand Pattern. Pay

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Attention to names of notes and fingerings.

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Copyright 2004 By John Axsom
ROCKABILLY PIANO LESSON #49: Left Hand Pattern #4.
Apply extended chords to the right hand.

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Copyright 2004 By John Axsom
ROCKABILLY PIANO LESSON #50: Apply this new right hand piano lick to


this new left hand bass pattern.


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______ ______
ROCKABILLY PIANO LESSON 51: Practice this new left hand bass pattern. It's easy.
It's similar to the first one. Also practice the ascending and descending glissando.

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Copyright 2004 By John Axsom
______ ______
ROCKABILLY PIANO LESSON 52: Now try to play the right hand glissando at the
same time your left hand is playing this new bass pattern.

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ROCKABILLY PIANO LESSON #53: Learn this new right hand "riff". Just play it

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over and over until you master it. Pay attention to the note names given below,

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and also learn the correct fingering below.

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ROCKABILLY PIANO LESSON #54: Try this new right hand lick with just a solid chord

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in the right hand. Practice this over and over until you can play it without thinking.

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Copyright 2004 By John Axsom
ROCKABILLY PIANO LESSON #55: The double notes you have in a lick the better it
sounds. We are going to add an extra note in this lick and you can hear that it sounds

__ __
better.

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Copyright 2004 By John Axsom
ROCKABILLY PIANO LESSON #56: Now it's time to try this lick with a walking bass
patter, the one we learned at the beginning of these lessons.

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back up a singer or a lead guitar player. Pay real close attention to the left
hand fingering below.

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It is played really fast. Pay Attention to the fingering below.

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Copyright 2004 By John Axsom
ROCKABILLY PIANO LESSON #59: Here's another right hand lick. There are
hundreds of these rockabilly licks. This one has a tricky fingering to it. Normally


you try to avoid using the same fingers twice in a row, but this pattern breaks that

__ _
rule.

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G





C A

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Copyright 2004 By John Axsom
Try playing this right hand lick with some of the left hand patterns
that you have learned.

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ROCKABILLY PIANO LESSON #60: Here's another lick with difficult fingering.
Again memorize the fingering below.



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ROCKABILLY PIANO LESSON #61: This is a good accompaniment pattern to use to
back up a singer or a lead guitar player. The right hand lick is played against the
easy left hand pattern that you learned at the beginning of this series of lessons.

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ROCKABILLY PIANO LESSON #63: This is a modified version of the chord
pattern used by Fats Domino in his version of Blueberry Hill. Fats Domino
played it in the key of B major and he had an extra note on the third beat of the
measure. Plus he played it in 12/8 time. My version of this pattern is a lot easier

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Right Hand C major chord

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b
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C Eb E

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A C Ab A C

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D Bb B D
G B


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ROCKABILLY PIANO LESSON #63: This is a real simple triad chord piano rhythm used in
rockabilly. These are just simple basic root chords.

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ROCKABILLY PIANO LESSON #64: Most Rock & Roll, and boogie woogie start the right hand on
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have the right hand start only after the left has played. This is the secret of the rock and roll soud:
the off beat.

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