I run into these two problems related to chords:
My accompany with my left hand conflicts/try to occupy the same tones as my right hand, melody.
My voicings are boring and dull. Very standardised and little variety. But, the simplicity means I can get through a standard, roughly.
I wonder, how do I solve this?
Theoretically it’s easy — the chord tones are known and it’s just about picking different voicings. However, that’s a daunting task, and maybe it’s about breaking it down. Should I get Levine’s classic The Jazz Piano Book? Maybe I’m looking for a path that is constructive, pedagogical and doesn’t involve reinventing the wheel.
I would like flexibility, choice from a large library of voicings. And in the future, creative improvisation stemming from it.
Some pianists on Youtube have hand positions that are very broad, like 6 or 7 tones distance in each hand. Maybe this is a hint to how to make it more interesting.