Hello all, I’m new here, about 20 days in. I upgraded my monthly plan to the yearly plan only after 5 days, I’m that impressed with this place and the breadth of what’s on offer.
I have quite a bit to say about what I like here, but this my 1st post and so I’ll get to my question.
I’ve tried searching the forums but haven’t found it, I’m pretty sure it’s been asked already, but I’m coming up blank, my apologies if this has already been covered.
What do you all do for gaining right hand (specifically, not only) technique and dexterity?
I’m following the practice plans, and as suggested, I’m going through different courses at once which cross reference the skills we’re building (mainly voicing-wise so far for me). In the 12 Bar Blues course for the RH we’re working on chordal tones, arpeggios, pick up notes and passing tones, etc, great stuff, but I’d also love to spend a bit of time everyday on right hand skill building, without bringing out my old mildewed Hanon.
Many of the great jazz pianists we love were classically trained, and so for them it was probably more of a question of which note to hit rather than how to get their hands to hit it. To varying degrees of course. Bill Evans talks in a documentary about some “high flyers” as if he wasn’t one, and had to make his mark through harmony. But we all know how he could move the notes up and down with apparent ease.
So that’s my question. Again, sorry if it’s already been answered a ton of times, I couldn’t find it. Any advice on good material for running the fingers up and down, kind of like gymnastics, or is the theory here that practicing real licks is the best bet…
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This is what I like about this online course and community, 20 days in
The best thing I like is the emphasis on splitting time between theory and learning actual songs, and providing tutorials for basic renditions of the songs using what we’ve learned in the theory. Learning songs is much harder than doing drills, makes the brain hurt finding (or following) the voicings, but there’s nothing like figuring out the 2-5 to come based on the drills, see it actually occur in the tutorial, like in the LH and then play the melody with the RH on top, slowly. Very rewarding.
Have a nice Monday, or whatever day you’re having