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Country School

Learning Goals Learn to play Country Piano in a variety of authentic styles. Links to Lessons Two-Step Comping Pattern #1 Two-Step Comping Pattern #2 Two-Step Comping Pattern #3 Two-Step Comping Pattern #4 Two-Step Comping Pattern #5 Two-Step Comping Pattern #6 Major Pentatonic Scale-Chords Floyd Cramer Licks Country Gospel Waltz Study Aids Two-Step Rhythm Tracks

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Country School: Country Gospel Waltz

Welcome to the country gospel waltz, a delicious mixing of two home-spun and uniquely American musical genres. Notice the extensive use of octaves, triplet pickups, walk-ups, walk-downs, and Floyd Kramer licks… all definitive features of the country gospel style… Practice-Study Tips Memory: Don’t merely “memorize” this. Use your knowledge of chords and scales to understand deeply

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Country School: Floyd Cramer Licks

Let’s explore the ingredients of that quintessential country piano sound made famous by pianist Floyd Cramer… The fundamental building blocks are a Major Triad (1-3-5) and its Parallel Major Pentatonic Scale (1-2-3-5-6). For a C chord, these are… Play, listen, and notice that three notes C-E-G (1-3-5) in the major triad are harmonically stable and resolved,

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Country School: Major Pentatonic Scale-Chords

The definitive scale-chord pairing in country music is the Major Triad and its parallel Major Pentatonic Scale. Applied to the “big three” chords (I, IV, V) in the key of C, we get three sets of matched “scale-chords” or “chord-scales” as follows : The C Chord (I) is paired with the C Major Pentatonic Scale… [insert

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Country School: Two-Step Comping Pattern #6

Sixth in a series of definitive country two-step comping patterns for your consideration. This tasty mixing of the blues and country emphasizes the blue notes (b3 and b7) of both the I and VI chords. Also, notice the mini-pickups between each two bar phrase used to keep the momentum going… Study-Practice Notes Technique: Start by playing

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Country School: Two-Step Comping Pattern #5

Fifth in a series of definitive country two-step comping patterns for your consideration. Here we add some quintessential country twang to the basic pattern. Notice that the root of each chord is never played in the right hand and that “the 5” of each chords is sustained while “the 2” resolves to “the 3″… Study-Practice Notes

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Country School: Two-Step Comping Pattern #3

Third in a series of definitive country two-step comping patterns for your consideration… another variation of Pattern #1, great at slow tempos where there is lots of time to play in between the bass notes… Study-Practice Notes Technique: Play the broken chord in the right hand as a single integrate musical and physical impulse, not three

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