Boogie-Woogie Sheet Music
Elmo Peeler - Original Piano Solos
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Boogie-Woogie Piano Solos:
Boogie-woogie is the most fun genre of non-Classical piano-playing ever. Growing up, I was deeply influenced by the boogies of three giants - Pete Johnson, Albert Ammons, and Meade 'Lux' Lewis. And even after touring the world with The Beach Boys, Ricky Nelson, Rod Stewart, and others, and having played a wide variety of music, my favorite still has to be boogie-woogie. Here are a few of my original boogie-woogies that you'll enjoy practicing and learning. These are not simplified versions, nor are they overly-complicated. They are the real thing.
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Boogie-Woogie Sheet Music (Piano Solos):
These are original outstanding boogie-woogies that reflect the influence of the Gods of Boogie-Woogie from its heyday in the 1930's and '40's - Pete Johnson, Albert Ammons, and Meade "Lux" Lewis (their awesome left-hand parts and tinkly high-register "diamonds in the tiara") - while adding some of the most fun modern-day rock piano techniques: Jerry Lee Lewis and Leon Russell-influenced octaves in the higher registers, Dr. John and New Orleans-style "flips", and Billy Preston's B-3 "crushed-tone" tricks - plus many other pianistic goodies. This is truly one of the best collections of original boogie-woogie sheet music available anywhere.
Elmo Peeler - Josie's Boogie.pdf
This dramatic minor-key virtuoso boogie began as an exercise to strengthen the left-hand, sort of like a boogie version of Chopin's "Revolutionary Etude" - not the same left-hand part note-wise (this is more like a minor-key "Boogie-Woogie Bugle Boy" left hand), but similarly challenging, endurance-wise. The right-hand part is fairly challenging on its own, with some flashy "Winter Wind" chromatic runs and stabbing chords (a la Tower of Power horns), ending with a blazing double-octave flourish. When played well, this piece is guaranteed to blow your audience away. Most pianists will find this to be my most technically-challenging boogie - and lots of fun to play! And it will surely strengthen your left hand in the process.
To see and hear this boogie on YouTube, just click: Elmo Peeler - Josie's Boogie
To listen, just click: Elmo Peeler - Josie's Boogie
Elmo Peeler - The Boo-Train Boogie.pdf
This piece was inspired by a dream about a train, and begins with the steam engine starting from a standstill and picking up speed slowly, then breaking into the main theme. There are references in it to the Doppler effect, diesel horns (tuned to a minor 6th chord), rail-crossing sounds, and locomotive steam whistles. This boogiewoogie is absolutely a blast to play - especially if you like trains - and ends with some nice harmonically-rich virtuoso flourishes.
To listen, just click: Elmo Peeler - Boo-Train Boogie
Elmo Peeler - The Jefferson Street Boogie.pdf
Jefferson Street - the street I grew up on, only a few hundred feet from my high school, also on Jefferson. In the key of C-sharp, this is more of a black-key boogie than any of the others in this boogie-woogie sheet music collection - it uses very few white notes (only E-sharp and B-sharp). It starts out with a slow, solemn chordal reference to my high school's theme song, then breaks into a full-on, up-tempo black-key boogie, based on a C#, d#-minor, F#, G# progression. If Chopin's "Black Key" Etude isn't your style (or you've grown bored with it), but your fingers want to dance on the black keys, you'll have fun with this boogie.
To see and hear this boogie on YouTube, just click: Elmo Peeler - The Jefferson Street Boogie
To listen, just click: Elmo Peeler - Jefferson Street Boogie
Elmo Peeler - The Melton Meltdown Boogie.pdf
This boogie, inspired by the antics of the looney, slightly-crazed mayor of Jackson, MS, Frank Melton, was composed during the 32 hours that he was thrown into the local jail. It seemed like he was having a meltdown, captured in the right hand with a little rock-and-roll dissonance (an A and a B-flat played simultaneously, then the A lifted, leaving the B-flat to ring). In the key of G, the piece begins with a New Orleans-style 'flip', then goes into the A section, its left hand a broken-octave walking bass throughout. Lots of fun to play, and only moderately difficult - it sounds harder than it is, although there are a few technically challenging places in the B and C sections (its structure is A-A-B-A-C-A-OUT) - wonderful boogie woogie sheet music.
To see and hear this boogie on YouTube, just click: Elmo Peeler - The Melton Meltdown Boogie
To listen, just click: Elmo Peeler - The Melton Meltdown Boogie
Elmo Peeler - The Tremolo Boogie.pdf
This boogie-woogie piano piece was originally created as an exercise to improve my ability to play right-hand tremolos in thirds (with 2-4 fingering), and it worked well. In addition to plenty of tremolos, there are also lots of fun Leon Russell-style octaves in the B section. This boogiewoogie sheet music ends with a brief, showy, Liszt-like flourish.
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To see and hear this boogie on YouTube, just click: Elmo Peeler - The Tremolo Boogie
To listen, just click: Elmo Peeler - Tremolo Boogie
Elmo Peeler - The Four-on-the-Floor Boogie.pdf
Elmo Peeler - The Science Fair Boogie.pdf
Elmo Peeler - The Beijing Boogie (aka The Chalmers Johnson
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