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Skip to 0 minutes and 8 seconds I’d like you to have a go at playing “Equinox” with a playalong. Now this is not going to be easy because in the left hand you’re playing this rhythmic pattern, and you have to put the right hand with the tune over the top. And the tune doesn’t match all that well with the rhythmic pattern.

Skip to 0 minutes and 31 seconds I certainly find it hard.

Skip to 0 minutes and 35 seconds Have a go. But, in a sense, if you can’t do it, don’t worry about it because what I’m interested in, really, is improvising on this structure. Now it doesn’t help the fact that the music isn’t as clear as I would like it to be. I set this in Sibelius, and I can’t get the notes to line up the way I’d like them to. For example, in the first bar, second note – the C in the treble clef – does not line up with the second chord in the bass clef. I tried and failed. But have a go. See how you get on.

Playing "Equinox" with a playalong

We play the tune “Equinox” and its McCoy Tyner underlay together with a playalong. Click here for a playalong for “Equinox”.

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