The Beginners section contains a selection of tutorial books and DVDs if you are new to boogie-woogie piano. These will not teach you the basics of piano or reading music so some playing ability is required.
The intermediates/advanced section is alphabetically ordered by site name and contains links to sites, books and individual pieces lovingly transcribed from original recordings.
Blues & Barrelhouse piano – book and DVD by Ann Rabson. Breaks down the basics and doesn’t require you to be able to read music. Ann knows her stuff and plays with a great feel.
Boogie and blues piano DVD – Louis Vause and Seamus Beaghan. This DVD and 24 page booklet covers the essentials such as the blues scale, basic boogie left hand, riffs for the right hand and plenty more.
Boogie woogie piano – the complete guide. Hal Leonard keyboard style series. This is a really great introductory book and covers all the beginner essentials.
Boogie-Woogie press’ Learn Boogie Woogie Piano – Colin Davey. This book will teach you to play, improvise and compose in the style of the Boogie Woogie Trio of Albert Ammons, Meade Lux Lewis and Pete Johnson. Contains excerpts of their songs and a complete song by Colin Davey.
She plays boogie woogie and blues piano – Ulrike Gaate and Jan Preston. Written by two professional boogie woogie pianists, this is an unusual book in that it focuses on how pianists with smaller hands – not just girls – can adapt left hand patterns and techniques. It covers all the basics too.
The little blues and boogie piano book – Ulrike Gaate and Joja Wendt. This book combines boogie woogie, blues, rock and rock ‘n’ roll. It provides well structured information, tips and eight original transcriptions including by Hersal Thomas, Albert Ammons, Meade Lux Lewis and Jimmy Yancey.
Intermediate to advanced
Al Levy is a pianist with a large site containing lots of songs in midi format that you can order as sheet music. The Eight to the bar section includes Freddy Slack, Pinetop Smith, Jay McShann and Mary Lou Williams. There’s also a page for duets. Elsewhere on the site provides transcripts by Hazel Scott including Hazel’s Boogie.
Badass Boogie Woogie – Brendan Kavanagh aka Dr K provides a number of note for note transcripts for songs by Albert Ammons, Meade Lux Lewis, Clarence ‘Pinetop’ Smith and Pete Johnson.
Barrelhouse and boogie piano – Eric Kriss. A great selection of transcripts including artists such as Cow Cow Davenport, Cripple Clarence Lofton, Meade Lux Lewis and Memphis Slim.
Blue Black Jazz – boogie-woogie, stride and blues piano transcripts. Really great selection from the greats like Albert Ammons to Cecil Gant, Sammy Price and more. Single songs as well as collections such as ’17 Boogie-woogie & Blues Piano Solos’ Vols 1-3.
Blues piano review – new website from music expert Charles Grogan with a variety of boogie-woogie, blues and barrelhouse sheet music coming soon.
Blues piano sheets – a mix of free and for purchase blues and boogie woogie sheet music, including artists such as Dr John, Otis Spann, Ann Rabson, Pinetop Perkins and Vince Weber. Run by Greg, a Kiwi living in Australia, the site also contains lots of great tips and links.
Boogie Woogie Press – Colin Davey’s site sells a number of note for note transcripts by Albert Ammons, Meade Lux Lewis and Pete Johnson.
Claude Bolling – Original Boogie Woogie for piano. Some great versions of the classics and the link here is to a site which has 50% off.
Davespianolessons – David Ratcliffe was lucky enough to study with Mary Lou Williams and is a teacher. His beautiful transcript of Relaxin by Willie ‘The Lion’ Smith is kindly provided for free.
Hannes Otahal – pianist Hannes has three pieces for sale on his site: Boogie Woogie Walker, Anitra’s Dance and Bumble Boogie.
Henri Herbert – pianist Henri has two pieces for sale on his site: ‘Henri’s Boogie’ and ‘Gettin on Down’.
Jazz In Notes – the blues, boogie and ragtime section of this site includes transcripts of pieces by Dr John, Silvan Zingg and Montana Taylor.
Jazz Piano Transcriptions is run by Dr Ian Pallister. There’s a boogie version of All of Me available. If you enjoy stride and ragtime as well then check out his gorgeous transcripts of James Booker songs too.
Oscar Peterson – Note for note transcriptions of classic recordings. This book and CD contains 18 pieces which are a mix of jazz and blues but importantly contains the blisteringly fast ‘Oscar’s Boogie’.
Pia’s Boogie – Pia Beck. Oktav’s website contains this eye-wateringly fast boogie. It’s reasonably accurate but there are a few sections missing. However if you’re up to this standard I’m sure you can work it out 😉 You’ll need an account to sign in.