A NEW Blues Improvisation Trick for Piano

Posted by: Willie Myette on September 28, 2021

In this episode we're going to explore a new blues improvisation trick that will definitely turn heads. This trick involves adding your bell tones to your solo and building it up in a unique way. In this article, I will walk you through the process step by step.

Left Hand Rootless Chord Voicing

Let's start with the left hand. I am playing a rootless chord voicing on C7. To add some rhythm to it, I am playing it as D bah, bah, bah, bah. This rhythm has a syncopation that adds interest to the solo. You can choose any rhythm you want, but be careful not to overdo it. You can find plenty of rhythm ideas in my rhythm essentials course on my website.

Right Hand Bell Tones

Moving on to the right hand, all the notes I am playing are based on the C blues scale: C, E flat, F, F sharp, G, B flat, and C. Rather than playing it as single notes, I am playing them as bell tones. This creates a unique sound that is different from playing it as single notes.

Adding Rhythm to the Right Hand

To build up the solo, I am copying the rhythm of the left hand to the right hand. This creates a unified sound that supports the rhythm and intensifies the solo. It's important not to bang on the keys. Instead, think about plucking at the octaves using the grab technique.


The rest of the solo involves a lot of comping, which is repeating the same chord progression. This creates structure and helps the soloist to stay on track. The chords are built off of the C blues scale, and you don't switch to an F blues scale when you get to the four chord.


To provide structure to the solo, I repeat the same pattern at the beginning and at the end. This creates bookends that give the solo a clear beginning and end.

Dynamic Shaping

To make the solo more interesting, I am shaping it dynamically. This means that I am not playing everything at the same volume. Instead, I am varying the volume of the notes to create interest.


By adding bell tones to your solo and copying the rhythm of the left hand to the right hand, you can create a unique and interesting solo. Remember to shape it dynamically and use comping to provide structure. Practice these techniques, and you'll be sure to turn heads with your blues piano improvisation skills.

Capstone: The key to great blues piano improvisation is to experiment with different techniques and incorporate them into your playing. By adding bell tones and copying the rhythm of the left hand to the right hand, you can create a solo that stands out and captivates your audience. It's important to remember to shape the solo dynamically and use comping to provide structure. By practicing these techniques and incorporating them into your playing, you can take your blues piano improvisation skills to the next level and become a master of the genre. So go ahead and give it a try, and see where your creativity takes you.

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