Hi, I have been following one of your videos on YouTube for some months and been practicing. I have everything pretty much but my timing is really off and I can't get that 'boogie' timing that you have. I can play at the same speed but when I play it its all a bit of a jumble. Hard to explain without showing you but are there any exercises you recommend to improve time?
The best advice I can give would be to play it slow and use your ear and concentration to point out what you need to do to clean it up. The rhythm should be 1/8th notes. Make sure you are playing all 1/8th notes (maybe start with straight 1/8ths and then switch to swing). Also make sure your non-playing fingers are not accidentally hitting other keys. Work on 1 note at a time if you have to in order to get everything sounding precise. Hope that helps!
Brilliant! Looking forward to seeing the video! FYI the left hand I am struggling is from this video (boogie left hand) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jsCiyPHI3kI. I've got the notes and even the speed but when I play it just sounds messy (not in proper time). Hope this makes some kind of sense!
Amazing thank you!! I do have a metronome on my piano but don't know how to set it to the right time that I' working so if you do do a video about this I would really appreciate it! Thank you once again
Alex, YES. The metronome is your greatest friend. After playing this music for 30 years, I still love practicing with the metronome. This reminds me I need to make a video about how to practice with the metronome. Also, you can try playing along to recordings, using their band/ drummer as the metronome. I recommend Champion Jack Dupree's album "Blues from the Gutter". There are 4 songs in C on there, two of which are slow blues and perfect for using as backing tracks: "Can't Kick the Habit" and "Evil Woman Blues".