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Here are the basic jazz comping rhythms for 4/4 time with swung eighth notes. The Dotted Quarter Rhythm This rhythmic pattern can begin on beat 1. It is often repeated over two bars, but not always. Notice that the first chord is sustained, and the second is not. It also sounds great to displace this rhythmic pattern to later beats, including the up beats: ...


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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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From my experience, this is pretty common. To use myself as an example, I've been playing piano for 26 years and doing theater accompaniment for about a decade. I can sing while playing, but it's hard. On the other hand, I'm a very rudimentary guitarist yet I can play and sing okay. At the very least, singing doesn't hinder my guitar playing much. My ...


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While it is not entirely clear what the issue is that you're experiencing, I think you already hit the nail on the head. The reason for this, I think, is lack of practice. The more you practice, the less robotic it will feel to play - especially as it relates to improvising.


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It appears that a dizi in D is easier to play than the others, and a lot of traditional music is written in that key. So there's a solution. I'd have advocated buying three or four, but they aren't cheap! Good quality, at least. Having had a look around, there are cheap ones available for £10-£20, so it's feasible to buy those three or four for some people, ...


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First, the most important thing to be a good arranger is to listen. Listen to orchestral arrangements of songs that you know. For example, you can check out this Christmas concert here. Listen particularly to the counterplay between the strings and the vocals. The choir is always singing basically whatever is in the hymnal while the orchestra gives extra ...


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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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