Boogie woogie woogie woogie boogie

Songs we love to sing – how do patterns make music?

Watch this short video, an interview with Julia Brennan on the teaching points in this resource and an overview by the composer, Tracy Burjan:

Watch the following short video overview of the teaching points:


Boogie woogie woogie woogie boogie uses a boogie woogie shuffle feel to introduce the sounds of different instruments. Boogie woogie is a genre of music that became popular in the 1920’s and was mainly associated with dancing. It was developed in African American communities in the 1870’s in the United States.

The boogie woogie style and this piece, the Boogie Woogie Woogie Woogie Boogie are based on the 12-bar blues. This features chords I (1), IV (4) and V (5) in a pattern of:


The 12-bar blues is also the foundation of the dance known as the jive. The jive features simple and reusable steps that transfer easily across boogie woogie samples of music and that lend themselves to further experimentation.

Listen to examples of boogie woogie piano players such as Fats Domino, Ray Charles, Fats Waller, John Lee Hooker, and Winifred Atwelll to introduce the Boogie Woogie Woogie Woogie Boogie.

In this piece however, band instruments such as the guitar, bass guitar, drums, piano and saxophone are used additionally to the piano. Listen to the sound samples of the instruments.


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