“Book of the Month” October 2017 US

“The Little Blues & Boogie Piano Book”

Ulrike Gaate and Joja Wendt

The Little Blues & Boogie Piano Book

Image: tredition’s “Book of the Month” October US 2017: “The little Blues & Boogie Piano Book” by Ulrike Gaate and Joja Wendt.

Tricks and licks for playing boogie-woogie – two famous musicians present a fascinating musical cosmos

In “The Little Blues & Boogie Piano Book” famous musicians Joja Wendt, outstanding pianist and Steinway artist, and Ulrike Gaate, one of the very few female boogie & blues piano players in Europe, present detailled instructions for piano players to share their passion for blues and boogie.

Boogie-woogie touches the heart and lifts the spirits of both players and listeners. Unlike most other musical styles the piano takes centre stage and is not just an accompanying instrument. Boogie & blues piano combines boogie-woogie, blues, rock and rock ’n’ roll elements into an enticing mix. The rules of improvisation and how to play along in jam sessions are much easier to learn than, for instance, in complex jazz. Many tricks and licks for playing boogie-woogie had previously been passed on from person to person in the international music scene and had not been available in published books.

For outstanding pianist and Steinway artist Joja Wendt, discovered by Joe Cocker during a jam session in a Hamburg piano bar and booked by him as a support act, boogie-woogie was the gateway to a successful international career that has now spanned more than 30 years.
Joja Wendt and Ulrike Gaate, one of the very few female boogie & blues piano players in Europe, are experienced musicians who have collaborated to produce this exciting book. Their succinct tips are easily understood and open up the fascinating world of boogie & blues piano to the next generation of talent and amateur enthusiasts alike. The clearly structured book contains tips for live performance, piano sheet music, original compositions, fingering notations, a large variety of bass lines and multiple exercises.


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