Stride Left Hand Style For Ballads
In this lesson we introduce a left hand stride style for the A Section of “Misty”. The stride left hand style drives forward the pulse of the tune and also frees up our right hand for melodic embellishment and decoration and we will explore in the next module on improvisation.
How To Play A Stride Style
To play a stride piano style, our left hand performs 2 roles; it plays the chords and harmony and also establishes the pulse of the tune. We establish the pulse by playing the root notes in the lower registers on beats 1 and 3, and on beats 2 and 4 we play rootless chord voicings.
What Are Rootless Voicings?
Rootless voicings – also known as left hand voicings – are chord voicings where the root is omitted from the chord. This frees up one of our fingers to play more interesting note choices including chord extensions such as the 9th, 11th, or 13th of the chord, or we can play a chord alteration to add tension and colour to our dominant chord voicings.
Rootless Voicings Course
If you are new to rootless voicings, we have a full course on Mastering Left Hand Voicings which includes theory lessons and practice drills to learn these voicings in all 12 keys. You can find these lessons below in the Related Lesson section below.
If this theory is new to you, just copy the voicings that I am showing you in this lesson and you can find a PDF download which contains the exact voicings that I am demonstrating. The full understanding will come with time.
Stride Left Hand Voicings File Type: pdf