T vdB
Dec 28, 2017

Order of courses


Hi Arthur, Is the order of your list of courses on your site the optimal order to do them, or do you advice me an other order? I have no experience in playing boogie.

Dec 31, 2017

Great Question! Yes, I have been meaning to make several "suggested" coursework outlines... And I WILL get to it eventually. If you are totally new, do the "Basics" class first. Then learn "Lick #1" (only Part I). When you get that then move on to "Lick #2" (only Part I). Then go to the "Turnarounds" section and learn a turnaround. Begin playing Licks 1 and 2 in a 12 bar blues connected by a turnaround. Then learn Part I of all 8 licks. Then I think you can try learning some songs, or parts of songs you like, by ear. You may also want to do 1 or 2 private lessons with me at this point so that I can check your progress and make sure you're on track.

Then start learning Part II for all the licks.

Hope this helps you get started! I think spending about 1 week on each lick is normal... if you can get them under your fingers faster then that's fine too. Good luck!


Rick M
Sep 10Edited: Sep 10

Arthur's book explains most of this and comes with code so you can logon to the music book web site and listen to how to songs are played which usually helps me a lot when learning from other song books. It's a very comprehensive music instruction book for Boogie Woogie.

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