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 2014 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. Arthur released his latest album, Bumble Boogie, independently in Jan 2018.
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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BOOGIE WOOGIE PIANO LESSONS
“Blues and Boogie Woogie Piano in 8 Licks”
During the past 22 years 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 several of the masters. The information is explained and broken down in a way that is understandable to the individual student. In addition to teaching private lessons, I have 20 years of experience teaching piano classes at the world renowned Augusta Blues Week in Elkins, WV, and 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
- 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.
$75 - Lesson at Arthur’s studio
$120 - Lesson at student’s home
$65 - Skype
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to set up a lesson!
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.
New online Boogie Woogie Piano school
Arthur has recently created the first ever website to teach yourself how to play boogie woogie piano. The School of Boogie is completely free and the courses are self-guided. Give it a shot and in no time you too will be playing boogie woogie!