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    Another "trick of the trade" (blues and jazz) is to comp with your left hand using tritones. Just playing 3rds and 7ths (dominant 7ths). Not only doesn't it conflict with the bass player, it doesn't conflict with the soloist. You can then play any part of the chord in your right hand - b9, #9, b5, etc… The best part is approach chords are just a half step away. Play a C7 chord (E & Bb). To create movement play the approach chord a half step below by lower those notes a half step (D# & A) which becomes B7 to C7. You can also approach a chord from a half step above - Db - C7. Great and simple way to comp and you're only playing 3rds and 7ths (dominant 7ths).

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    One could also do a basic comp in your left hand which you can find in my book "Blues Riffs for Piano". Start off by playing the root and 5th of the chord. Then rock back and forth between the chord and suspension. For example under a C chord play C & G, then C & A, then back to C & G. Keep going back and forth. He can also walk the left hand pattern to the dominant 7 chord by playing C&G, C&A, then C&Bb, back to C&A, and finally back to C&G. Play a blues shuffle using this left hand patterns. Do the same thing for the IV and V chords. Doesn't get in the way of the bass player and sounds great against anything you do in the right hand. Also works great when playing with a guitar player! This was Johnnie Johnson's left hand. He and Chuck Berry wrote all those great tunes around Johnnie's left hand.

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    Tim Richard's book

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    Thanks for a lot of recommendation of piano books

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    Learn the basic. Chords, scale etc. When use your ear. Copy artist that you like. That will always be the best way to learn impovisation.

 

 

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