Synopsis by Elizabeth Smith
Rusty Hudelson played keyboards and sang with several successful bands during the 1960s before developing a keen interest in blues and jazz following a trip to New Orleans. He eventually chose to teach as an Assistant Professor of Music in Texas. On this video, Hudelson reviews the basic piano skills all students must master before showing viewers how they can learn to pick up blues tunes by ear. He emphasizes the need to review the common chords before describing how he chooses to improvise with new tunes he hears. Hudelson plays several blues songs on camera while showing students how to discern the key a song is played in and the basic rhythm that governs it.