I like Barry Manilow.
There, I said it.
I’m a grown man with a beautiful wife and 4 growing children, and I’m a professional piano player.
And I like Barry Manilow.
I can still remember listening to an 8-track tape of his Greatest Hits and playing his songs on the piano as a teenager… watching his numerous TV specials and variety show appearances.
I mean, c’mon. The guy is arguably one of the greatest songwriters of the last 50 years.
He actually sang, “I Write the Songs”!
He also wrote the famous McDonald’s jingle, “You deserve a break today,” the “Stuck on Band-Aid” jingle, AND the “Like a good neighbor, State Farm is there” jingle, which is still used today!
These days, I still get requests for “Copacabana,” and every now and then I’ll play “Weekend in New England,” which usually gets everyone reminiscing and singing along 🙂
But I digress…
I promised you some boogie woogie piano licks, so that’s what I’m gonna deliver!
One of Barry’s lesser-known tunes is called, “Jump Shout Boogie,” and I always enjoyed playing it on the piano – mainly because it uses some very simple right and left hand piano licks that sound really fancy.
I’m guessing Barry Manilow isn’t a name that comes to mine when you hear the words “boogie woogie piano,” but this tune really cooks, in my opinion.
That’s why I decided to make this ANOTHER free bonus video lesson to go along with my Boogie Woogie Piano… FAST! online/DVD video piano course. Click Here For Details
And now, Barry Manilow’s boogie woogie piano licks… enjoy!
Contrary to my own kind of mental block I’ve had for years, and possibly your own belief about your ability to play “flashy” piano licks and styles, boogie woogie piano is amazingly easy to play, and all it takes is a little analysis of some bass patterns and right-hand licks, with a few turnarounds and endings thrown in for good measure.
In this video – kind of a bonus lesson from my Boogie Woogie Piano… FAST! DVD/online video piano course – I’ll show you how I built a simple boogie woogie piano piece by putting together some basic elements, and how you can do the same!
No, this piece won’t make it onto the “Boogie Woogie Top 40” charts, but it will give you some nice tools to add to your piano arsenal, and maybe even dig more into boogie woogie piano.
If that’s the case, I suggest you check out my Boogie Woogie Piano… FAST! DVD/online video piano course!