Rock School: New Orleans

Each style of music is defined by a characteristic set of harmonic, melodic, rhythmic, and stylistic patterns. Don't merely "memorize" these patterns. Understand them by studying what makes them tick!


New Orleans Pattern #1

This is how I might comp to "Rockin' Pneumonia", a classic 8 bar rock and roll tune in New Orleans style...

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New Orleans Pattern #2

This basic rhythm forms the basis for the Professor Longhair licks that follow. Mastering this two-fisted rhythm is essential to making this style really groove. Hint: It is absolutely crucial to observe the rest in the left hand.

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New Orleans Pattern #3

One of the very famous Professor Longhair licks in 12 bar blues form... Notice how the pattern shifts to suit each of the three chords.

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Also notice just how often the 12 bar blues shows up in so many kinds of music.

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New Orleans Pattern #4

Another killer Professor Longhair lick in 12 bar blues form. Notice how the exact same lick is used over all three chords.

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New Orleans Pattern #5

Another staple lick in the New Orleans repertoire, which makes for a fun intro...

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New Orleans Pattern #6

Yet another spicy ingredient in the tasty New Orleans gumbo...

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