Blues Boogie Pattern

Blues Boogie

If you know your 12-bar blues form in F, you are now ready to try your hand at a blues boogie pattern for the left hand. Boogie boogie became popular in the 1920’s and is characterized by a fast moving, repeated bass line. There are many kinds of boogie boogie patterns. Here is one to try. It incorporates the root, third, flatted third (very important blue note!) and fifth of the chord that you are playing.

This video teaches you this pattern in three chords so that you can use it with the 12-bar blues. You can use this pattern in blues songs, swing, country and even some pop songs. Blues, after all, is the foundation of all popular music so go ahead and try this out on all these genres. Have fun with this!

Debbie Gruber, B.M., M.M., is the President of where she sends out free video piano lessons on playing pop/jazz piano. Debbie was a lecturer in jazz appreciation at Western Michigan University. She is also a piano and voice instructor and performs at many restaurants and parties in the Boston area.


Why can’t I see the right hand? It would have been nice to have a concluding demonstration of this at normal tempo to what what we are aiming for.

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