Second Blues is the sequel to the popular and beloved First Blues. This piece has a one-handed student solo on the B blues scale, staying just on the white keys. Alternate fingerings are given so the teacher can decide if the student should play with a stretched hand or do some finger crossings. The piece starts with simple note values, but after the first 12-bar statement, the student plays faster, in swing style, and with simple syncopations. The completely pro-sounding teacher duet brings out the flatted fifth “blue note” in the student part. Chords are written in for teachers who wish to improvise and “comp” their part instead of strictly reading the notes. More advanced students can play the full B blues scale and experiment with rhythms and riffs.
Key: B major (no key signature)
Mood: sad, mournful
Pedagogy: swing rhythm, hand extension and/or finger crossings