This short instructional jazz piano tutorial will help you learn to sound like the great Brad Mehldau by showing you some techniques that will help you learn to play melodies or improvise in your left hand while maintaing an ostinato in your right hand.
In this free transcription of Kurt Rosenwinkel’s solo on “View From Moscow” from the album The Remedy, you will find many examples of his fascinating pentatonic and intervalic style of guitar improvisation.
In measures 29-30, you will find a great example of pentatonic shapes (Shapes based on the pentatonic scale.) Rather than focusing on one scale, Kurt combines pentatonic shapes from different pentatonic scales, adding notes in between to give his lines more life.
In measures 42-43, he will encounter an incredible intervalic line. He is essentially taking a nicely voiced canto style voicing and arpeggiating it. Check it out!
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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.