QUOTE(hands like feet @ Apr 13 2009, 12:54 AM)
I want to start playing more boogie woogie, but am a little bit stuck as to what scale this music is based on.
My ear playing is very good generally, and I could maybe listen to the notes played on the JLL CD I have, but I want my improvs to be much looser than they would be if I was playing the pieces note for note.
Any help would be gratefully received
This may be far more basic than you are looking for, but my guess is that
a) most of the tunes will be based on 12 bar blues, of which the simplest form is (in F, each letter standing for a bar):
FFFF BbBb CBbFC or the same pattern (I-IV-V) for any other key
b) And use dom 7ths for the chords - you can get a reasonably convincing boogie-woogie feel by just running up and down a dom 7th ...
Try listening to some of the classic New Orleans players - Professor Longhair, for instance?