i just joined this forum. i've played around with the piano off and on all of my life. 30 years ago i bought a yamaha g2 for $4200 new and i still have it today. all of my life i've wanted to play, but school, work etc. always took priority over practicing. about 20 years ago i took a few months lessons in jazz piano from a (then) beginning piano teacher in seattle named randy halberstadt [https://www.randyhalberstadt.com/] he's pretty well known now, and has some cds and a book out("metaphors for the musician: perspectives from a jazz pianist")

two years ago i retired, moving from seattle to arizona. now i'm wanting to practice - perhaps get good enough to play in a hotel lobby or something like that. i know chords, scales and i can sight read lead sheets but i just can't seem to put whole songs together so they sound good to me. my favorite player is bill evans. i don't have any hope of sounding like him, but he's the one i like to listen to the most. i like a lot of other players like keith jarrett, dave mckenna et al. i have a lot of respect for players like oscar peterson and jessica williams, but i don't buy their recordings because they're just too fast and complicated for me to hear.

i just ran across this web-site for the first time this morning, so i'm just learning what's here. i ended up in the "bass line" area because one of the things i can't seem to do is to create different rhythms for the  songs i play. i have a good sense of rhythm, but when i play, it either has no rhythm or the rhythm is just that boom/chunk 4/4 bass note/chord style.

i'm open to any suggestions about how i should proceed. i'd sure like to be able to play a  little better before i die. i just turned 60.
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