The current lesson is “Let it Bleed” by The Rolling Stones.
The keyboard on the original “Let it Bleed” recording was played by Stones’ co-founder, and Chuck’s boogie woogie mentor, Ian Stewart. It seamlessly combines rock, blues, boogie woogie, and New Orleans funk into a potpourri of rock rhythms. This is one of those lessons that once you master you’ll be able to use the techniques everywhere. The song has two Ian Stewart inspired boogie grooves that are a treat to improvise over. The right-hand includes blues licks using parallel sixths, I-IV-I chord riffs which contribute to the song’s gospel feel, passing diminished chords, and a syncopated sixteenth-note pattern that is signature Stones. It’s filled with good stuff and a fun song to play. Our most seasoned members tell us this is their favorite lesson.
Learn how to play rock and blues piano from one of rock’s greatest. Chuck Leavell, legendary keyboardist for The Rolling Stones, The Allman Bros, Eric Clapton, John Mayer, and more.