Piano Blues: Write Your Own

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Piano Blues: Write Your Own

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Overview & Registration



A great class for budding songwriters, vocalists, and non-singing piano players alike! In this class you’ll learn the most common blues musical forms and lyric structures, study excerpts from some classics, and write your own tune (with or without lyrics). You’ll get lots of support and constructive feedback from fellow class members and the instructor throughout the course. Materials provided by instructor. Prerequisites: basic keyboard proficiency; ability to read charts and standard notation.

Tuesdays 6:30 – 8 pm
1/9 – 3/13 (10 weeks)
Jennifer Jolly • $395

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COURSE TITLE: Blues Piano: Tunes For Jams And Gigs


Every blues musician needs a crash course like this! Learn a set-full of the tunes you’ll most likely encounter at gigs, jams, open mics, and living room parties. You’ll learn a variety of accompaniment styles for tunes by artists like Chuck Berry, B.B. King, Muddy Waters, Booker T & the MGs, Ray Charles, Freddie King, Jimmy Reed, Louis Jordan, and Stevie Ray Vaughan. Students are encouraged to sing if they wish. Materials provided by instructor.

PREREQUISITE: Ability to read and play two-handed keyboard parts.


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Jennifer Jolly (piano, keyboards)

B.A. UC Berkeley. Keyboardist, melodica player, vocalist, composer, and educator (keyboards, world music, improvisation). Specialty in New Orleans R&B, African, Caribbean, blues, soul/funk, rock, Americana, jam bands, country swing, Cajun/zydeco, groove/percussive and improvisational music. Currently performing with Zulu Spear, Babá Ken Okulolo & Friends, Big B and His Snake Oil Saviors, The Jolly Gibsons, and several reggae/ska, blues/R&B, and Americana groups; frequent sub with Tom Rigney & Flambeau. Current accompanist for choruses, churches, and musical theater productions. Previous performance credits include Phil Lesh, Kotoja, Barbara Dane, and Hot Links. Long-time faculty instructor at the CJC, Cazadero Family Camp, after-school programs, and private studio. Secondary instruments include steel drums, flute, and percussion.


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