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#1374094 - 02/14/10 10:37 PM Can anyone describe the left hand in this song?
eablair Offline
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Registered: 02/04/10
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I hear the top note(melody) well, but I can almost never get the chords. I certainly cant figure out this left on this song because of the speed. I would really like to sound like this. Anyone able to describe what he is doing with his left hand?


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#1374164 - 02/14/10 11:47 PM Re: Can anyone describe the left hand in this song? [Re: eablair]
knotty Offline
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for the most part, that's a common rock pattern. In rock, they like to play 5ths.
So for example, he'll play C-G twice, then C-A twice.
Then here and there, he'll walk up in octaves.

#1374201 - 02/15/10 12:17 AM Re: Can anyone describe the left hand in this song? [Re: knotty]
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Yes, that's a boogie woogie piano pattern that Jerry Lee Lewis played a lot of too (5th 5th, 6th 6th, 5th 5th, 6th 6th). And sometimes he is just playing an octave repeated in eighth notes
Roland FP-4 digital piano, Mason & Hamlin acoustic piano.

#1374485 - 02/15/10 09:01 AM Re: Can anyone describe the left hand in this song? [Re: Jazz+]
TimR Offline
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Check out this youtube instructional:

Your pattern might be close to one of his "shuffle" patterns.
gotta go practice


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