playing solo piano is difficult, particularly when itís time for improvisation.
i am confused about what to do with my left hand.
i can play walking bass, but i donít like it much.
stride piano is difficult, i can play the theme song with it  but when itís time for improvisation i canít concentrate enough to play any good improvisation.
improvising is not a problem when iím playing with a band, but when iím playing solo i have to do all the bass, chords and melody improvisation.
when using stride piano, the left hand job is too much distraction to improvise nicely on the right hand.
i could use my left hand to comp the chords and the right hand to play the melody improvisation, but then the bass is missing.
if i play the bass with my left hand and the right hand to play the melody improvisation, then the chords are missing.
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