Since this series of posts on playing from charts is actually written for the benefit of my students, I’m changing the format to a series of letters. Names have been changed to protect the innocent.
I’ve been thinking a great deal about our lesson time, and what our goal really is. I keep reminding myself that what we’re after is acquiring a repeatable skill, not just understanding a concept. Skills are acquired through regular practice, and I’m afraid there’s no way around that.
I’ve heard that, as part of their training, bank tellers handle real money all day, so they can spot a fake bill easily when it hits their hands. I don’t know if that’s true, but it’s a good principle for learning to voice chords. Rather than listening to me drone on about principles, for now, you’re better off playing lots and lots of examples of basic voicings.
So voilà, 12 examples for you below! Click on the button below. Three things you should observe as you play through them:
That’s it for now, Nigel. As you play, remember to listen carefully. You’re training your ear to become accustomed to basic voicings that are clear and balanced. Thoughtful repetition is the path forward!
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