hi all, i've been playing by ear ever since about 10 years old. my mother could too and i have now retired and can devote more time to practice. i'm fairly competent at right hand stuff (always jazz for last 60 years)somewhat on the lines of teddy wilson style but miles away from his fantastic perfect talent. i want to do more playing of good stride left hand. james p johnson, ralph sutton, style.

any tips to improve the left hand power/speed, i can only span an octive but the hand gets a bit weak after 2or3 minutes. i am happy with the actual notes to play as it is simple on full octave walking base, if as we do when playing by ear, have the sound in our ears and just know where they come on the keyboard.

i would just love anyone who has not seen and heard erroll garner to hear and see him on tape, which was available this year from kultur website in the us.

sorry to digress, more on that subject some other time.

alan
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