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With any improv, you want to tell a story. The licks, riffs and grooves are your words. Each phrase you play is a sentence. So a phrase should be no longer than what you take to say a sentence. Where the phrase should resolve to depends on whether it's contributing to rising or falling action (more later.) So the first thing is your voice. You should ...


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In pop music, a tune often starts on the tonic chord but in jazz this is usually the reverse. So when soloing we are heading towards the tonic, where the phrase often ends. Take this sequence: VImin7 - IImin7 - V7 - Imaj7 These are the opening chords of All The Things You Are and Fly Me To The Moon. In the key of Eb they are Cmin7 - Fmin7 - Bb7 - Ebmaj7 ...


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If you experience soreness and pain in your wrists while playing the piano, it is ALWAYS "doing something something wrong" pain. My best guess is that you are unnecessarily tensing up your wrists and holding your hands very rigidly to fit the "chord" shapes. Hold your hand above your lap and drop it like you can't control it and gravity is the only force ...


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If one wants to use staff association as a strong hand indication while retaining rhythmically helpful grouping, one can use notation like the following:


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As someone who has been playing piano for over 17 years as of now, I increasingly find that pieces I thought were "simple" in the beginning are actually much harder to play well, now that I actively know a lot more about the composers and more about the thought process they went through and how it should sound. So, I think there is a lot to be said about ...



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