How to Play Like Erroll Garner – Misty

It isn’t often that you hear Erroll Garner’s piano style being mimicked  by contemporary pianists. Maybe it’s because his style was so unique that anyone copying it would simply be too obvious.  His left hand “romping,”  much like Freddie Green’s guitar comping style,  and his ability to bend the time as he plays lines in his right hand is of course unmistakably his own technique.  But even if you are not going to be an Erroll Garner copycat when you’re performing, trying to play like him can be extremely fun, and once you get the hang of it, extremely swinging.  This short video highlights his general technical and stylistic tendencies. Enjoy.

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