Funky 8 Bar Blues: The Left Hand
When playing the blues we can use rhythm and syncopation to contrast some of the sweeter and more sophisticated harmonic devices that we are using in the performance.
In this lesson we will explore how the rhythmic approach to playing the 8 bar blues can be used very tastefully. We can play with the rhythm to act as a contrast to some of the sweeter and more sophisticated harmonic devices that we are using.
Left & Right Hand Interplay
For any music that is leaning towards a funk-based style, the gaps and the space that we leave are very important. Rhythmic considerations are very important for students exploring the New Orleans piano style where the left hand and right hand have to work together.
Left Hand Rhythmic Considerations
In the New Orleans piano context the right hand has to leave space for the left hand whilst the left hand is moving, walking the bass line, and adding rhythmic embellishments.