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Big Road Blues Discussion Forums 2009-03-17T04:59:16+00:00 2009-03-17T04:59:16+00:00 <![CDATA[Re: unanswerable question...]]>

Statistics: Posted by cishi — Tue Mar 17, 2009 4:59 am

2006-02-22T17:59:32+00:00 <![CDATA[RE: unanswerable question...]]> Statistics: Posted by jeffl — Wed Feb 22, 2006 5:59 pm

2006-02-22T16:45:19+00:00 <![CDATA[RE: unanswerable question...]]> Statistics: Posted by rookie — Wed Feb 22, 2006 4:45 pm

2006-02-22T15:02:48+00:00 <![CDATA[RE: unanswerable question...]]> Statistics: Posted by jeffl — Wed Feb 22, 2006 3:02 pm

2006-02-22T13:39:35+00:00 <![CDATA[RE: unanswerable question...]]>
But before you all say, don't give up etc etc, I have no intention of doing so. Though I now need to work out how to practice plankspanking, gob-ironing and 88ing every night and still have time for everything else...

Statistics: Posted by rookie — Wed Feb 22, 2006 1:39 pm

2006-02-14T19:20:20+00:00 <![CDATA[RE: unanswerable question...]]> Statistics: Posted by jeffl — Tue Feb 14, 2006 7:20 pm

2006-02-14T19:07:00+00:00 <![CDATA[RE: unanswerable question...]]>
"A cheerful heart is good medicine."

Statistics: Posted by ricochet — Tue Feb 14, 2006 7:07 pm

2006-02-14T13:40:54+00:00 <![CDATA[RE: unanswerable question...]]>
I've tried Bubba's knee-slapping suggestion but the only thing it's really done is given me a whole new grudging respect for drummers.

I think the main problem I'm having is that the tempo is much faster on the right hand, although even when I consciously try to slow down to the same tempo I still get it wrong. So as a last resort, I'm going to get absolutely pissed (in the British - i.e. horrendously drunk - sense of the word) and see if that helps any, by making me not think about it too much. Won't it be great if that works?

Statistics: Posted by rookie — Tue Feb 14, 2006 1:40 pm

2006-02-09T18:02:49+00:00 <![CDATA[RE: unanswerable question...]]>
Thanks for posting!!!

Certainly practice will improve your abilitites, and repetitive practicing will help ingrain these patterns in your head to where it becomes second-nature (and therefore allows you to play something different with your right hand). This is true.

But don't allow yourself to get too discouraged if this takes longer than you had hoped. And by all means, don't lament that you think you will never be a decent Blues piano player if you can't maintain a standard left-hand Blues riff (for example, while the right hand is improvising). This just isn't true.

I've been playing Blues for over 40 years now, and it is unlikely that anyone has had more of a love affair with a piano than I have. I perform for folks on a regular basis. But I have always been very weak with the left-hand, as it can play only the most rudimentary garbage. When I'm singing, it's just playing very basic bass lines (while my right hand is messing around with the chords). And when I'm improvising, my left hand moves up and plays the chords (while my right hand does its thing). At all times, my right hand is my Michael Jordon, while my left hand is my Luc Longley. They still make a team, but they are nowhere near equal contributors.

Yes, because of my limitations, there are avenues of Blues music that I either need to bastardize to fit my style of playing or ignore altogether (and you know what they are). This is a shame. So undoubtably, there is some real benefit to your being able to better utilize your left hand, and make it as strong as possible. Otherwise, those avenues may be closed to you, also.

But it's not the end of the world if you don't, and the Blues can still be your refuge and companion.

Good luck!!!

Statistics: Posted by meilankev — Thu Feb 09, 2006 6:02 pm

2006-02-02T13:02:12+00:00 <![CDATA[RE: unanswerable question...]]> Which reminds me - I often find that whatever I'm practising, if I'm doing it just before bedtime, it's always that little bit better when I come back to it the next day. Doesn't have such a noticeable improvement if I practice in the morning...

Statistics: Posted by rookie — Thu Feb 02, 2006 1:02 pm