B Section Stride Voicings
In this lesson, we introduce a stride left hand style for the bridge of the tune. If you listen to various recordings of this song, you will hear that the bridge of “In A Sentimental Mood” is usually interpreted with a stride left hand.
In the previous lesson on the bridge, we voiced the chords using three note spread voicings. This is a useful voicing technique to clearly visualise the harmony and voice leading. The stride left hand then gives us different voicing possibilities.
Bass Notes & Rootless Voicings
When playing in a stride style, the left hand takes complete control of the harmony by playing both the bass notes and rootless left hand voicings. This technique frees up the right hand to add melodic decoration and embellishment and also allows us to command a bigger range on the piano.
Stride Drills & Exercises
In the lesson we introduce a number of step-by-step drills for learning stride piano. We start by playing a stride left hand style over a single chord type, we then create a stride cycle around the 1625 progression, and finally we introduce the melody in our right hand.