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#2317559 - Today at 02:00 AM Jazz"y" improvisation/cover issues
kobethuy Online   content
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Registered: 08/12/14
Posts: 12
Hi, I have some issues with playing a piece in the manner of "jazz" (or something that sounds jazzy enough).

So I've been studying/experimenting with 7th/9th/13th chords but have accomplished nothing beside playing block chords (either root or rootless voicing). I also have trouble applying different scale modes into the melody (in fact I hardly remember any scale modes, I just use some passing notes in order to make it sounds good).

Also, even when I'm not playing something that's "real" jazz, I can't create any "variations/creativity" in the left hand. I know some pattern to use ( alberti bass, broken chords, stride, etc...) but I'm more incline towards those that do not repeat themselves.

Any suggestion/advice ? Any rhythm that works with modern pop songs ?

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#2317564 - Today at 02:18 AM Re: Jazz"y" improvisation/cover issues [Re: kobethuy]
noobpianist90 Online   content
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Registered: 07/23/13
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Try syncopation. I try to syncopate block chords and broken chords in the left hand while improvising melodies in the right hand. It sounds really nice, but the rhythm is tricky. You can even come up with basic bass riffs and then vary those using syncopation. The best thing about syncopation is that it is so spontaneous and unexpected and rhythm is completely under your control, there is nothing to confine it, and nothing to limit it. The possibilities are nearly endless for rhythm alone. It adds real flavour to your music. Tasty stuff grin

There are exercises on how to do this in "Improvising Blues Piano" by Tim Richards. He also has a book on Jazz that is for more advanced stuff, after completing his blues book. The easiest way to syncopate for me is to skip beats or add beats where it is unexpected.

I'm not sure it will work with "modern pop" as I'm not very well versed with this genre. Good luck smile


Edited by noobpianist90 (Today at 02:19 AM)

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