“As Time Goes By” – Stride Style
In part 3 of this tutorial on “As Time Goes By” we will play through the whole form with 2 handed voicing.
We build upon what we have covered in the previous tutorials by introducing upper structure triads, suspended chords and a stride left hand style.
I’ll provide a few different ways to play through the changes, ranging from simple to advanced. Some of the stride style in the bridge is quite challenging to play and I’ll give you some guidance on how to practice this style of playing.
to play stride you need to have confidence in your left hand which is setting the pulse and also providing harmonic support.
a nice exercise is to try to play the stride without looking, or occasionally glancing to begin with. The idea is to be able to 'feel' where your hands should be landing.
This can only be achieved through lots of slow, accurate practice. Once you can do this you will feel more freedom in your right hand because the left hand has it's troop together!