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  Beginner Jazz in C Lesson 6  
Christopher Schlegel Tutorial 014 - Beginner Jazz in C (Page 6 of 10)
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Christopher Schlegel



Beginner Jazz in C Lesson 6


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Now we have our biggest challenge yet in our beginner's jazz piece. In this lesson we will try to add some independent motion.

Keep in mind that the entire function of the piano layout is to be able to have complete freedom of use of both hands. And this means in order to create rich musical functions we use both hands. And further, each hand does something different while complimentary with the other hand.

In order to approach this most difficult of things to learn about the piano, we will use the chord shapes learned from the previous lessons and for both hands. But the crucial difference here is to do two different, simultaneous patterns. The left hand will do what we first learned: play block chords on the first and third beat of every measure. The right hand will arpeggiate the same chord shapes one octave higher.

In order to facilitate learning this I have rhythmically shifted the right hand as well. Notice that we have the luxury of playing the left hand chord on the downbeat then starting in with the right hand on the triplet upbeat. Take this whole thing very slowly and deliberately at first. Practice, practice, practice!

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