The Basics

The Eight Essential Right Hand Licks 

There are 8 essential licks (short melodic phrases) to learn in the mastery of the Boogie Woogie Piano style. By learning these 8 licks and their variations a student can then recognize and learn by ear the majority of right hand licks that they will encounter on boogie woogie and blues recordings.

Each Lick is divided into three parts

Part I.   Introducing the Lick 

The lick is introduced and often explained in terms of its basic chord shapes and hand position.  

                students are responsible for Part I.

Part II.  Variations on a Theme

Students learn some of the most common variations on the lick.

                       students are responsible for Parts I & II.

Part III. In the Style of... 

Students learn how Boogie Woogie players of the past have used the lick in their compositions.

                   students are responsible for Parts I, II & III.




Lick #1

Lick #2

Lick #3

Lick #4

"The Lick"

Lick #6

Lick #8

Lick #7

Lick #5

How To Play Boogie Woogie Piano Textbook

The curriculum references page numbers in our text book. Purchase is recommended but not necessary to complete the course.



Course Time:     1-3 weeks per lick


15-20 min / day

Skill Level:          All

Prerequisites:     The Basics


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