Solo Jazz Piano Part 3 - Improvising While Playing Solo

Improvising while playing solo piano is a lot like juggling. You have to do four things at once: you have to play the solo, comp for the solo, play the bassline and keep things moving rhythmically. Bill Charlap's solo over the changes to the tune "Somebody Loves Me," from his 2005 solo piano EP "Bill Charlap Rolling Stone Original," opens this lesson and serves as a model for how to manage this juggling act. Building on the Solo Jazz Piano Part 1 and Part 2 lessons, his solo is analyzed in this lesson to uncover how to keep the balls in the air by using shell and rootless voicings in support of the right hand line.
Lesson Stats
Date added: 6/22/08
Duration: 15:21
Practice Sessions
Practice Session 1 - Writing Shell and Rootless Voicings to Support an Improvised Right Hand Line
Practice Session 2 - Playing Shell and Rootless Voicings to Support an Improvised Right Hand Line
Q: Does this lesson help with playing walking basslines while improvising with the right hand?
A: No it doesn't. This lesson shows you left hand techniques that you need to use to support an improvised right hand with an implied sense of time as opposed to the explicit pulse that you get from playing a walking bassline. You can learn more about walking basslines by watching the walking bassline lesson.
Further Listening
Listen to Bill Charlap play the introduction to this lesson, "Somebody Loves You," on his 2005 EP, "Bill Charlap Rolling Stone Original."
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