Skip to 0 minutes and 10 secondsLet’s have a go at using our Amen with a skeletal blues in C with a playalong. We’ll just, first of all, start off by playing the left hand. 1,2,3,4.

Skip to 0 minutes and 29 seconds2,3

Skip to 0 minutes and 56 secondsRight. Let’s now add the right hand to this. 1,2,3,4.

Skip to 1 minute and 32 secondsLet’s try doing the same thing, but with a stabbed version. 1,2,3,4.

Skip to 2 minutes and 11 secondsI’d like you to practice your Amens.

Skip to 2 minutes and 16 secondsI’d like you, then, to have a go at mixing these different approaches because that’s what one does when one’s playing a real solo is - on occasion to have some Amens - on occasion to have some legato chords - on occasion to have some stabbed chords - sometimes on the beat, sometimes on the ands, so that you get a mixture. Like this 1,2,3,4.

"Amen" with a C blues playalong

We illustrate using the device “Amen” in the left hand with a C blues playalong.

You can download the “Amen for C Blues” chart in PDF format at the bottom of this step.

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Learn Jazz Piano: II. Improvising on Jazz Standards

Goldsmiths, University of London