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Country Piano [I Always Get Lucky With You by George Jones]

Old school country music at its best. Let's look the bent note, aka the slip note, stye and when to play fills on this classic George Jones' song. This is my second favorite country piano intro of all time. What's my favorite? Behind Closed Doors by Charlie Rich which you can watch by...

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Country Piano [Intro to Crazy by Patsy Cline]

A struggling country singer, Willie Nelson, wrote "Crazy" and got a big break when Patsy Cline recorded the song and made it a hit. It has become one of Nelson's most enduring songs. Other artists who have covered the song include Willie Nelson, Dottie West, Vic Damone, Ray Price, Wanda...

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Country Piano [Too Cold At Home by George Jones]

Too Cold At Home was written by Bobby Harden and recorded by two major country country artists, George Jones and Mark Chesnutt. I've done a video on each version so you can compare/contrast the piano fills. You will find more similarities than differences. This video covers the George...

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Country Piano [Too Cold At Home by Mark Chesnutt]

This is the ORIGINAL version of the song by Mark Chesnutt. I cover the George Jones' version in another post. The piano fills in each version are distinctly different, yet both result in the very satisfying Nashville sound. Makes me ready for some cornbread and sweet tea. I don't hear as...

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Must Have Blues Lick #3

This one is not really a lick per se. It's a groove. The key to playing this with a soulful feel is to not play it exactly the same way every time. At first, I recommend you play it exactly as written and let your muscle memory kick in. Then when you completely own it, play around with...

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Pop Piano [Intro to Stay by Rihanna]

I’m watching The Voice the other night with my daughter, when Amber Carrington steps on stage and just knocks it out of the park. Being the 50-something guy, I look at my teenage daughter and ask, “Who sings that?” I get the usual you’re an idiot look and then she tells me it’s the song...

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Country Piano [Intro to Behind Closed Doors by Charlie Rich]

Some might want to argue to point with me, but I think this is the best country piano intro ever. And I did have a hard time decided what my favorite was. My second favorite is the intro to George Jones’ I Always Get Lucky With You. The same player was at the keys for that song and this...

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Country Piano [Hot Lick in G Major]

This lesson is quick and the technique I show you is applicable to thousands of licks in all genres of music, not just country. I take a lick built around a G chord then play it rapidly through three octaves. To get the free lesson notes, click here.

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Southern Gospel Piano [Intro to Singing in the Midnight Hour by The Nelons]

I came across this video on Youtube. The quality is less than stellar but it was fun to see myself 20 years younger. I was priviliged to play keyboards for the Nelons for several years. Rex Nelon was a man of great integrity and always had top-notch singers and musicians in his groups. Kelly has...

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Pop Piano [Intro to Minute by Minute by The Doobie Brothers)

This is one of the best, if not the best, pop/rock piano intros of all time. I figured it out by going backwards. The groove is a 12/8 (think 4/4 with a swing). The absence of a drum groove at the beginning taxed these old ears as I figured this thing out. For the free lesson notes, click...

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