Skip to 0 minutes and 10 secondsSo let's, first of all, use our playalong and play the tune and improvise using legato lower voicings and afterwards we shall use stabbed upper voicings -- the opposite to what we did when we were looking at "I've Got Rhythm". OK. Now, you might find this difficult to get the chords down in time and to play the tune and to improvise. And if you do, I suggest first,

Skip to 0 minutes and 43 secondsyou slow it down: you use Transcribe or Audacity, or whatever, to slow the track down to the point at which you can keep up with it. Because remember jazz is a music, which is in time -- once the time starts, then it can't be sacrificed. One way to help you is maybe to learn the left hand more or less by heart. So for example, at this speed -- 1,2,1,2,3,4.

Skip to 1 minute and 25 secondsAnd then you can add the tune of the top. 1,2,1,2,3,4.

Skip to 1 minute and 45 secondsAnd then maybe build up speed. When I get to the middle, I'll probably just play one chord to the bar -- because it's probably enough -- and I'll improvise scalicly.

Skip to 1 minute and 59 secondsAnd indeed, when I get to the second chorus, I'll pretty much improvise scalicly.

Skip to 2 minutes and 8 seconds1,2,1,2,3,4.

Playing Oleo with a playalong using legato lower voicings

We consider playing the tune “Oleo” with a playalong using legato lower voicings in the left hand.

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Learn Jazz Piano: II. Improvising on Jazz Standards

Goldsmiths, University of London