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Skip to 0 minutes and 10 secondsIn this session we are going to concentrate a bit more on the left hand and look at the 3 different ways you can use the left hand.

Skip to 0 minutes and 20 secondsSo far, we’ve met 2 of them: playing a chord legato - holding it down until it’s time to play another chord - and playing it stabbed - jumping off the keys as though they were hot.

Skip to 0 minutes and 36 secondsWe first of all played one to the bar. For example, in the case of legato,

Skip to 0 minutes and 40 secondsif the time was 1,2,3,4: 1,2,3,4. 1,2,3,4.

Skip to 0 minutes and 49 secondsOr, if we were using stabbed chords 1,2,3,4: 1,2,3,4. 1,2,3,4. We’ve also looked at using 2 chords to the bar. We’ve played the chords on 1 and 3.

Skip to 1 minute and 6 secondsLegato 1,2,3,4: 1,2,3,4. 1,2,3,4.

Skip to 1 minute and 15 secondsOr, in the case of stabbed 1,2,3,4: 1,2,3,4. 1,2,3,4. Now we can play in any of 8 positions in the bar. That is, we can play on beats 1, on beats 2, on beats 3 and on beats 4. And we can play on the and of beats 1,2,3 and 4 as well. And then we can combine them to one, two sometimes three chords in the bar. So there’s a lot of possibilities. What we need to do is to free up our left hand, is to do some exercises where we look at the various possibilities. For example, playing on the second beat of the bar with legato. 1,2,3,4: 1,2,3,4. 1,2,3,4.

Skip to 2 minutes and 10 secondsPlaying on beats 2 and 4: 1,2,3,4. 1,2,3,4. Stabbed playing on beats 3. 1,2,3,4. 1,2,3,4. Playing on beats 2 and 4 stabbed. 1,2,3,4. 1,2,3,4. 1,2,3,4. A little bit early there.

Skip to 2 minutes and 40 secondsThere’s also playing on the ands: 1 and 2 and 3 and 4 and. In many ways playing on the ands gives - very often will produce -

Skip to 2 minutes and 52 secondsa bigger rhythmic impulse: makes the right hand swing a bit more. We haven’t said much about swing, but swing is this rhythmic displacement which makes jazz a foot tapping experience, very often. Let’s try - just to give you an idea - on the ands of 1 and 3. So it’s going to be 1 and 2, 3 and 4. 1 and 2, 3 and 4. 1 and 2, 3 and 4. Let’s try stabs on the ands of 2 and 4. 1,2 and 3,4 and. 1,2 and 3,4 and. 1,2 and 3,4 and. So you can see that there are a lot of possibilities. Let’s try a few exercises with a playalong.

Playing legato and stabbed chords in different parts of the bar

We look at playing legato and stabbed chords in different parts of the bar.

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Learn Jazz Piano: II. Improvising on Jazz Standards

Goldsmiths, University of London

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