Left Hand 10th Voicings
In this lesson we explore bigger chord structures in our left hand, in particular voicings built using 10th intervals. The main benefit of left hand 10ths is that it completely frees-up our right hand because we are outlining all of the essential harmonic components (bass and chord tones) in our left hand.
10th Intervals & Stride
We can combine 10th intervals with left hand stride that we have covered in the previous lessons. This works well when we have a single chord for a full measure such as the Fmaj7 in the 1st bar, and the Bbdim7 in the 4th bar.
Identify which of the 10th interval voicings are comfortable for you and incorporate them into your left hand accompaniment.
Isolate the left hand and play through the A section with a steady pulse. Once you are comfortable with the voicing shapes then add the melody.
Don't worry if the wide 10th intervals feel unnatural at first. With practice the shapes become more comfortable and easier to visualise.
We all have different sized hands and so if you struggle to play some or all 10th intervals, instead use a stride left hand accompaniment.