Hi! And welcome back to part 2 in this series on how to play the lounge style. Last time we did the right hand, today we’re going to do the left hand. I’m going to show you a few things that you can do with your left hand. So first of all, when you play the lounge style with your left hand you do a lot of 10ths. So you need to stretch a lot, and you can do very cool stuff . with just playing 10ths. So I’m gonna show you a few things that you can do. I’m going to play very, very simple right now, playing 10ths as well as 7ths with my left hand: Very simple arrangement and what I did was that I played with 10ths in my left hand and I was playing 7ths as well. This is built over this “swell principle”, so you play II-V-I progressions, or II-V progressions, then you go from a 7th to a 10th to a 7th to a 10th and so on. For example, let’s say I want to play a II-V, we can do that in C, so let’s say, I want to play a II-V, which is Dmi to G7, and then I’m going to play another II-V, so it’s going to be Cmi: but you see that I’m playing a 10th and then going to 7th. That’s the principle: 10th to 7th, 10th to 7th, and so on. Or you can do the opposite you can go from 7 on the minor chord so I’m going to play that Dmi7 just 2 fingers, and then going to a G7, well I’m not playing the 7 actually right now. I’m just playing the 10th but you could add the 7th as well. That’s hard to do. Depending on the length of your fingers. And then we continue: so it’s a II-V to Cmi II-V: and so on. Some of those are really hard to reach I think. Anyway, we’re using the 10th principle for this, so, that’s the “swell principle”. Moving on, I’m going to show you some arpeggios that you can do with your left hand. So you were playing or I was playing this tune: So what you can do is that you can play from C, then you can play G, and then you move your hand up, and you play E, A and D. So it is a C 6/9 as an arpeggio. And so on. You can combine that also with your right hand, so you can play: You can combine that by playing an arpeggio with your right hand as well, and that will sound like this: And the 3rd and last thing I want to show you now, for your left hand, is what I call a “response chord”. And what that is is for example when you play a G7 then you play with your left hand, you play a G in the lower register: And moving your hand all the way up to a G7 in some sort of variation. For now let’s do 7th, 3th and b13. Alright, so it’s a… that’s why I call it a “response chord”, because you play first one note: and you’re responding with your left hand as well: So, I’m going to show you that too. So there you’re adding the “response chord”: after your play the root at the bottom. And again, when we combine all these tricks with the left hand it could come out like this: Once again here is the summary: The left hand is an important hand especially when you play the lounge jazz piano style. There is a lot going on for the left hand in this style. The key to play the lounge jazz piano style successfully is a flexible left hand that can cooperate well with your right hand. In this lesson I’ve shown you 3 tricks that you can do with your left hand. First of all you should play a lot of 10ths with your left hand. The 10th’s gives a rich sound to the music and you can get away by only playing 10th’s and 7th’s with your left hand. Also I’ve shown you one example of an arpeggio that you can add to your left hand. The 3rd trick was the “response chord” where you add the root at the lower register and then respond with a rootless voicing in the middle range: And that was only 3 of many things that you can add to your left hand when you play the lounge jazz piano style. And there are extremely many other variations that you may want to work on to master the lounge jazz piano style. Not to mention the slow stride piano technique that I’ve been using in this lesson, and previous lesson. But the key to success is not to get overwhelmed and trust that you will make it too, if you stick long enough with the exercises. Now we are done with part 2, and in part 3, I will show you the big picture of the lounge jazz piano style. If you want people to enjoy what you play it is my thing to think through what you do when you play the lounge jazz style. In part 3 I’ll take you through how to do a lounge jazz piano job, what kind of music you should prepare, and more. And in part 4 I will show you other licks and tricks that you can add when you play this kind of music. So here’s the thing: to get to see all of this I’ve created a free mini jazz piano lounge style course. To get your invitation just click on the link under this video and leave your name and email, and I will send you the invite right now. Also in the free mini-course I’ve created several exercises that will make you able to play at least some of what I played. Again, it’s all for free! And also, if you are already one of my jazz piano students you can download even more exercises! If you like this video and want more, please hit Like, and Subscribe, and Share, and again, take care of your left hand, take care of you music, and take care of the lounge style. See you in the course! Bye!