When I starting playing around with the blues I was shocked at how difficult it was for me to play a swing rhythm in my left hand while I played a different chord rhythm in my right.
This is what I was trying to do, and is Jordan’s lesson that I mention in the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kLFkT3LBWzA&t=298s
It was downright embarrassing. BUT it was also challenging, and in the end, it forced me to practice and actually develop better hand independence.
The key is the break things down into small, simple steps. Master those, and then gradually introduce more complicated concepts. By doing this, I was able to get the hang of it reasonably quickly!
The big thing that helped me here was counting out loud. Don’t be afraid to do this. Don’t worry if someone will hear you — counting out loud can really help you place the beats.
Hand independence IS frustrating. If you struggle with it, you’re not alone! But the best way to get better is to work on it and practice.
Here are the timecodes for today’s lesson:
– What we are working towards (the end result) – 0:50
– How to start – simplify the left hand – 1:10
– Adding a simple right hand – 1:20
– Adding some intensity – 1:34
– Getting a little more complicated (time to count) – 1:59
– Adding some ‘bluesy’ flair – 3:21
– Turning it all into the 12-Bar Blues – 3:39
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