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Boogie Woogie Hand Independence

Can’t walk and chew gum at the same time?
Can’t rub your head and pat your tummy together?
Feel like your hands have a mind of their own when it comes time for them to work together?

No worries …  Scott tackles this common issue using a Boogie Woogie example in this post.

  • Mary
    Posted at 08:36h, 27 October

    More Boogie Woogie please

  • Sharon
    Posted at 09:56h, 27 October

    Thank you, thank you, thank you! This is so much fun! Scott Houston, you are a great teacher! What a fabulous piano workout! (More of a workout for me, because my PC is at one end of the house and my piano is on the other!) Thank you for your commitment to teach others the joy of making piano music!

  • Suzanne
    Posted at 09:57h, 27 October

    Scott, I am forever in your debt for this video. This issue is the musical brick wall I have been stuck behind for so many years. I think I’m about to become a much better pianist!

    • Scott Houston
      Posted at 10:44h, 27 October

      Forever? That’s a long time… 🙂

      Hope it helps…


  • Carole Wells
    Posted at 11:26h, 27 October

    Thank you, Scott, for posting this video so quickly after the last one. I was ready for this next step!

  • Warran
    Posted at 11:38h, 27 October

    Great video Scott. You are a great teacher. I’m one of those people that took 2 years of lessons and wasn’t getting anywhere near where I was playing the songs that I wanted to play. My mother bought me your Piano In A Flash series as a Christmas present, and you set me free! After a short time, I was playing for friends and at parties.

  • Kathy Wolfe
    Posted at 14:50h, 27 October


    Thanks for this. It’s just fabulous! I taught the LH to several students last week and they loved it. Can’t wait to show them this. Keep ’em coming.


  • Maggie
    Posted at 14:55h, 27 October

    This is so, so, SWEET!! Thank You…Keep your tips coming!!

  • Brenda Graves
    Posted at 17:05h, 27 October

    Thanks Scott for sharing this Boogie tip with humor included. I know I am going to have a lot of fun playing this!
    Have a great Day!

  • Greg
    Posted at 19:11h, 27 October

    You are just the best teacher ever! If I can learn, anyone can, because of your teaching experience.

  • Brian Petersen
    Posted at 20:39h, 27 October

    Excellent teaching technique as always! You make learning fun.

  • jim allen
    Posted at 20:57h, 27 October

    Howdy Scott, Thanks for the right hand to go along with the boogie woogie left hand. Now we need a finish. How do you stop even though it sounds really good but you have to stop somewhere?

    • George Parker
      Posted at 11:14h, 29 October

      Hey Jim – I’ve only been watching Scott for a little while and LOVE his work. A simple finish to this pattern would be once you arrive back at the G pattern, (after playing the full boogie woogie pattern several times to impress your friends) playing a simple G7 chord and playing all the notes together randomly and crazily for a few seconds (wiggle them all furiously!) and then hit them all at once one last time. You hear that “finish” quite often at the end of many jazz pieces…even by the greats!

      To add “flavor” to the notes, try playing your left hand a G with your pinky, an octave F with your thumb (the 7th) and a G, B and D with your right hand.

      • Scott Houston
        Posted at 08:01h, 01 November

        Well done George. Need a part-time job? 🙂

  • Karen
    Posted at 22:43h, 27 October

    Hi, Scott!

    My husband and I can’t thank you enough for developing this fantastic way to learn to play the piano. We love boogie woogie music, too! Just know that you are much appreciated.

  • Libby Bonpua
    Posted at 15:04h, 28 October

    I love the way you are funny in the field of tutoring. It keeps away the shyness to ask questions and the boredom in me. I find myself laughing watching your videos and learning at the same time. I have one question ‘though: Is the 12 bar blues form the same form we use in playing different pieces of boogie woogie songs? Are all boogie woogie music pieces in the same Key so that we may apply the pattern you taught us in the previous video? I hope you don’t find my question a dumb question. Thanks .

    • Scott Houston
      Posted at 07:53h, 01 November

      I’ve been trying to tell my wife I’m funny for 23 years to no avail. I’ll have show her your comment.

      Yes, the 12 bar blues form is the same no matter what style you’re playing on top of those chord changes. Having said that, there’s some slight variation in the 12 bar blues as musicians over the years have substituted one chord or another within the basic 12 bar blues framework.

      Regarding what key you are in, you can play any tune in any key anytime you want if you have the skill. Playing a tune in one key or another does not change the tune, it just changes how are high low it goes (if that makes sense…).

  • Bert Menard
    Posted at 16:04h, 28 October

    Hi, Scott,
    Thank you for this. You know by now that your teaching approach is by far superior to what is available on the market I don`t what to add to that really other than to say PLEASE stay with us and keep it up.YOU ARE THE BEST.


    • Scott Houston
      Posted at 07:57h, 01 November

      Thanks Bert! Very flattering.

      Having said that, I feel the need for a shameless plug. For me to keep doing these free videos on the blog I of course need to pay the rent and keep the lights on. So, any of you reading this if you like these I encourage you to investigate actually becoming a student in the online courses. They are all this and more, in bite-size pieces, with real-life written materials included, all on steroids, with personal feedback from me whenever needed. The feedback from students has been exceptional…

      • Regina from the Bronx
        Posted at 17:48h, 01 November

        Hi Scott,

        I have already purchased all of your courses (I am only on Course 4 now). However iif you decide to produce more courses, you can definitely count me.

        Regina from the Bronx

        • Scott Houston
          Posted at 11:02h, 03 November

          Well that’s a nice endorsement Regina… Thx. 🙂

  • Grace Johnson
    Posted at 18:45h, 05 November

    What fun!