Why do some songs reach the pinnacle of rock greatness and soar into the stratosphere to become classics? In the case of this week’s lesson, “China Grove” by the Doobie Brothers, it is the opening riff, an explosion of energy that hooks the listener from the first bar to the last.
“China Grove” is a four-to-the-floor rocker. Get your left hand working smoothly so you can cut loose and improvise using the blues scale with your right hand. Try focusing on dynamics; accent different notes to accentuate the rhythm. You’ll get to lay down some blues licks and work on eighth-note anticipated grooves. This lesson is really just about playing classic rock piano. Click here for the lesson.