Jailhouse Rock – Piano Lessons
In this video, Scott Houston, “The Piano Guy” shows you how to play “Jailhouse Rock” on piano. The song was made famous by Elvis. Instead of the way Scott usually break down a tune, for this one he simply is going to try to imitate a bass sound with a piano.
For the melody line we want to try to imitate someone singing it. We will not be playing this tune actually as written in the lead sheet as it would put you all to sleep.
This is a blues tune, and typical chords will be used. In addition to the chords, Scott will demonstrate how to use the “slide” technique to imitate the bass part. Imagine plucking the strings on a bass. Houston has his digital piano split so that the left hand is set on a picked bass sound and the right hand a piano sound. To play the baseline Scott shows you how to step-by-step play the root of the chord utilizing the slide technique.
Houston will also teach you a left hand pattern where you simply are spelling out the F chord.
Scott Houston is the host of The Piano Guy television series on PBS and has taught hundreds of thousands of folks like yourself, how to have some fun on their piano or keyboard. He wants to help you get there too, as quickly as possible.
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How to Play Jailhouse Rock” on Piano