hey guys, im new here on this site but definitly not new to the piano. i'm having a little trouble with my left hand and improvisation. i can improv my way through chord changes fairly easy with my right hand. i also play sax so i'm used to making up just rythms and notes when i improv. however, i'm fairly new to jazz piano and i was wondering; what do i do with my left hand while improving? i took a comping class this last sumemr at a music camp but i didnt feel like i got a lot out of it. i just would like to know what inversions most jazzers play and also if i should play the 7th, 9th, 11th, etc when indicated and anything else that would help me. i would like to get a combo group going soon at my high school so it is kinda neccessary that i learn this information (i am currently taking private lessons but unfortunatly, my teacher is not a jazzer and frankly knows nothing about comping or even jazz chords). thanks in advanced!
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