Jazz Piano School Ep: 48 – Perfecting The Ballad

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    Bullet Points

  • 1. Practice melody alone with RH as beautiful and simple as possible. Add LH second
  • 2. Comping – Use all register structures from comping podcasts. Think support, simplicity, and be conscious of where the melody is. Use counter melody notes to connect voicings.
  • 3. Improvisation – Practice simple, in the pocket, melodies first. B – Add LH to simple melodies with RH
  • 4. Improvisation Outside Pocket – Let your RH creates phases outside the pocket. Float melodic improv over the bass and drums and your LH support.
  • 5. Have conversation of RH and LH while improvising. LH should support the breaths the RH takes.
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6 thoughts on “Jazz Piano School Ep: 48 – Perfecting The Ballad”

  1. This was such a pleasant lesson/lecture/master class to listen to, Brenden. And so enjoyable while still being didactic! Thank you very much!

  2. Thanks Brenden…..You have given a very inspiring demonstration.

    What previously seemed impossible has been simplified, demystified and given me fresh hope

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