Jazz Piano School, Ep 17: How To Play Jazz Standards!

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Playing jazz piano standards is actually quite easy- but people tend to over think it and often they end up not even trying!

It only takes a couple of learned principles and you can play any jazz standard you want! 


How To Play Jazz Standards

  • #1 RH plays melody
  • #2 LH play chords
  • Play short rhythms to loosen up feel in RH and LH.
  • Take liberties on melody once you know the tune well

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Brenden Lowe

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3 Responses

  1. Hello,
    When you were playing chords in the right
    hand, were you playing the chord in root position,
    or were you playing the chord with the melody
    note as the top note?

  2. Hi Jerry,

    Thanks for your question. I was always playing the melody on top and then filling in with chord tones underneath. Does that help? Let me know if I can answer any more questions. Always available. 🙂


  3. Thanks for the lesson. Don’t see where to leave 5 stars. And wasn’t even able to find video. Just listened to your voice. I’m old man and this web stuff is Greek. Thanks again. I will be listening to all your podcasts over the next year or so.

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