In this intermediate-advanced piano lesson we are just using the song Hit the Road Jack as a set of chords to practice our blues scale on. If you a beginner, you still need to watch the video to learn the correct fingering for the D blues scale and get an idea for how to use it! You’ll be surprised at how much you can pick up!
There are only 4 chords in Hit The Road Jack. The chords are: Dm, C, Bb and A
You can use power chord voicings in your left hand by using these notes:
Dm = (D,A). C = (C,G). Bb = (Bb,F). A=(A,E).
BUT The D minor blues scale will work over all those chords!
The notes in the D blues scale are D F G G# A C D.
I show you three very cool sounding licks in this video that are based on the D blues scale. Then we put them all back to back. You should practice performing the three licks in a different sequences to create a different solo each time.
One of the licks is a trill. THESE SOUND AWESOME! ..so practice them When you’re playing a trill, make sure your wrist is the muscle that is doing all the work, not your fingers. If you use only your fingers to play a trill you will probably hurt yourself!