Arthur migliazza

 

 Award winning Blues and Boogie Woogie pianist Arthur Migliazza began playing the piano professionally at the age of 13. It was through his love of Blues music and his dedication to the piano that he came under the wing of such mentors/teachers as Henry Butler, Ann Rabson and Mr. B.


Arthur has been inducted into the Arizona Blues Hall of Fame, was a finalist at the 2010 and 2014 International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN, and in his 20+ years of performing has been privileged to play on some of the world’s greatest stages, including Tchaikovsky Hall in Moscow as part of the sold out Kings of Boogie Tour, the Glenn Gould Studio in Toronto, Benaroya Hall in Seattle, as well as on National Public Radio in the US.


In 2014 he received the Best of the Blues Award for Best Keyboardist in Washington State and his latest album, Laying It Down, resided at #1 on the Roots Music Report charts for Washington State for the summer of 2014, and reached #20 on the national chart. Laying It Down also appeared on the GRAMMY Entry List for the 2015 Grammy award nominations.

As a star of the critically acclaimed Off Broadway show BOOGIE STOMP!, Arthur performed at the Elektra Theater in Times Square, NYC for three months in 2015. His first instructional book, considered by many to be a benchmark in blues and boogie woogie piano instruction, is entitled How to Play Boogie Woogie Piano and is now available for purchase worldwide through publisher Hal Leonard.

Arthur currently resides in New York City.

 

 

 

 

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Laying It Down

by Arthur Migliazza

Samples from Arthur's latest release on Hobemian Records, Laying It Down

Teaching is one of my biggest passions. Many professionals in the Blues world were so kind to me growing up, and taught me many things with exceeding patience. I love passing on the tradition and teaching people to play and enjoy this wonderful music!

Teaching is one of my biggest passions. Many professionals in the Blues world were so kind to me growing up, and taught me many things with exceeding patience. I love passing on the tradition and teaching people to play and enjoy this wonderful music!

BOOGIE WOOGIE PIANO LESSONS

Blues and Boogie Woogie Piano in 8 Licks

During my 19years of teaching, I made an amazing discovery - aside from the various left hand patterns, the Blues and Boogie Woogie piano style can be boiled down to eight main “licks”, of which almost everything else is a derivation, variation or combination. This realization led me to begin developing the systematically progressive teaching method that I use with so much success today. Students are led through a series of steps, each one building on what came before, until they are playing Blues and Boogie Woogie.

I teach beginners as well as professionals, and no sheet music is used. Instead, I pass on the music by the same “oral tradition” from which I was taught by some of the masters. The information is explained and broken down in a way that is understandable to the individual student he is teaching.
In addition to teaching private lessons, I have 10 years of experience teaching piano classes at the world renowned Augusta Blues Week in Elkins, WV, and 4 years teaching piano classes at the similarly world famous Centrum Blues Week in Port Townsend, WA.

The “Blues and Boogie Woogie Piano in 8 Licks” method includes:

  • Common left hand patterns in both Blues and Boogie Woogie styles
  • The eight common right hand licks/riffs and their variations
  • Achieving left hand independence so that the right hand is free to improvise
  • Ear Training and playing by ear
  • Improvisation
  • Playing solo and with a band
  • Music Theory - as it applies to these topics

RATES and AVAILABILITY

I give lessons from my studio in NYC, and on Skype. I can also travel to the student's home, if the distance is not too far.

Rates:
$70 - Lesson at Arthur’s studio
$100 - Lesson at student’s home
$60 - Skype

Please email arthur@arthurmigliazza.com to set up a lesson!

Instructional Book

My entire method for teaching, as described above, is now available in my first instructional book, "How To Play Boogie Woogie Piano". The book includes over 150 musical transcriptions and over 130 audio tracks that I personally recorded for the book. To order online please click here.