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First voicings: A good rule with jazz bands is to avoid playing low roots. Try playing just 3rds and 7ths in the LH. Then add the root/5th in your right. So a C7 would be voiced E, Bb, C, G from the bottom up. When you can do that easily with several familiar chords, play around with moving the right hand up a step so: E, Bb, D, A for a C7 which makes it ...


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I think there is only one answer: you must get the strumming down so solid, that your brain would have no need to focus on it. Then you can be free to focus on singing. You cannot focus on two things at one time. Practice you strumming until it becomes fully automatic - then it will become possible to sing over it. edit: About easy songs: try Nothing ...


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If you are playing solo, start by realizing that you are now the full band and you need to adapt your playing like so. Think of the drummer and the bass player as "navigators" on a ship, guiding the rest of the group. So the drummer keeps time and makes fills anticipating when a period is ending and another one is beginning and the bass player plays passing ...


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Learn different two-handed voicings for the chords. Different inversions, different ways to voice the same chord. Pick up a copy of the "Piano Transcriptions" / "Piano comping" for one of the Jamey Aebersold play alongs. (Go to www.jazzbooks.com and in the search bar type those two search terms.) These are the note-for-note transcriptions of the piano ...


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It does depend a lot on the style of music, but here are some standard ones with audio examples - http://www.musicwerx.com/JazzInstructionStuff/SwingCompPatterns.htm And a video from a guitar player, but the concepts are the same: Also, get a hold of the horn charts and look at some of the rhythms they play, and the ...



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