hi, i was wondering if you could help with my left hand. the problem is when i play piano i got used to playing a simple loop with my left hand, mostly just octaves and then freestyling with my right. i usually don't really know what the theory  is of what i'm doing, but i can play chords and voicings and whatnot with my right hand over what's in my left. so for me i see my right hand as possibilities of what i can play in relation to single notes rather than in relation to chord progressions or whatever. what i'd like to be able to do is play as free with my left hand as with my right but when i try to do that i often make mistakes and i quite easily lose sight of the progression or whatever i'm playing and all hell breaks loose. if i play with a recording or with a group or something i'm more able to use my left hand but still not so much. really what i would like to do is play as though both my hands were actually just one ten fingered hand, i think part of my problem may be that i can only look at one hand at a time and i have trouble looking at one hand and concetrating on that hand and playing with the other as though my concentration was with that one also. is there anything you could suggest for this specific problem? i was thinking that perhaps i should learn to play written songs as they are written but my lack of ability to sight read really discourages me in that regard. thanks.
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