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Improvising Blues piano

The basic principles of blues piano, explained for the intermediate level pianist in an easy-to-grasp fashion.

  • All styles from the 1920s to the present day
  • Examples of boogie woogie, swing, jazz, funk,
    gospel, New Orleans & Chicago blues...
  • Authentic left hand patterns & bass lines
  • Improvisation tips
  • Professional chord voicings
  • Blues scales, licks & riffs
  • Fingering
  • Co-ordination exercises for both hand
  • Explanations of all theoretical terms
  • Covers both solo piano and band playing
  • Suggested listening/ discography
  • Twenty full-page photographs of blues pianists

"Without a close second, the best instruction book ever!"
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"I have never seen a book as complete, as professional, and as well put together as this one."
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Over 60 pieces to play, including many original compositions by the author, together with new arrangements of the following well-known standards:

Ain't No Sunshine, Back in the Alley, Bag's Groove, Blueberry Hill, Blue Monk,
C Jam Blues, Got my Mojo Workin', Honky Tonk Train Blues,
How Long Blues,
Just a Closer Walk with Thee, Mary Ann, Pinetop's Boogie Woogie,
St Louis Blues, See See Rider.

Each chapter is graded within itself, providing some challenging pieces towards the end. Improvising is encouraged at all stages, with assignments giving ideas & guidance. The accompanying CD contains all the pieces, including some play-along tracks, performed by Tim Richards.

If you already own this book see the latest update for new additions.

I have now recorded a MUSICGURUS video course based on the book, in two parts. For details see the Blues Piano Tuition page

Schott ED 12504
264 pp + CD
RRP £2

Buy the book here
GB pounds

won the
Best Publication
prize at the 2004
Frankfurt Music Fair,
and is now available
in French, German and
Italian (see below)

There are also five YouTube clips linked with the book.
Click on the
drop-down menu at the top left of the image below to browse them:


The sequel to IBP:
ues, Boogie & Gospel Collection'
15 pieces for solo piano

Schott ED 13895
52 pp + CD
RRP £2

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Listen to sample tracks from the CD:

IBP Press Reviews

"This book leaves any possible
competition standing at the post"

Brian Priestley
- JAZZWISE Magazine

"The presentation is immaculate, the method is
logical and friendly. This book feels good..."

MOJO Magazine

"The essential book for all aspiring blues pianists"
Jools Holland

"Beautifully presented, it has clarity, heart
and comprehensiveness."

Michael Garrick

"Helpful features include a great CD by the London-based Richards, who is a top-notch performer, recording artist and educator... All the lessons are presented in an extremely organised and easy to understand manner; it's almost like having your own personal instructor... I highly recommend the book... It's the best I've seen yet."
the largest circulation
blues magazine in the world)

"It is a pleasure to be able unreservedly to recommend this book to aspiring blues and
boogie pianists. I for one will be using it
in my workshops in future."

Bob Hall
- BLUES & RHYTHM Magazine

"For blues piano, it's about as thorough
as any book I've seen."

Jamey Aebersold

Price and Availability

UK price is £27.99 (includes CD). Buy the book here.
Distribution is by MDS (, or Music Exchange.
It is also usually in stock at FOYLES BOOKSHOP, 113-119 Charing Cross Road, London WC2
To obtain details of other stockists in the UK, please call SCHOTT - Freephone 0800-525 566.

USA Distribution is via HAL LEONARD:
It can be ordered online via the JAMEY AEBERSOLD mail order service:

Order No for both USA and UK is ED 12504 (ISBN: 0-946535-97-3).

The Italian translation IMPROVISARE AL BLUES AL PIANO was published as a single volume by Volonté & Co in 2016.
ISBN: 978-88-63886

Germany & France
The German and French translations are published by Schott in two volumes, entitled simply BLUES PIANO I and II.
Blues Piano I - German order No ED 9695 / French ED 21512 (includes Chapters 1-3, and the CD for both volumes)
Blues Piano II - German order No ED 9724 / French ED 22451 (includes Chapters 4-5, and the index for both volumes)

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