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One day many years ago a piano teacher showed me something which he said was trick used by Keith Jarrett. Basically┬áthe left hand would play any key – let’s say Bb – then the right hand would alternate using that left hand Bb for the 1 or the major 3rd or the 5th hence the right hand would play Bb major or D major or F major. A beautiful nice move.

So cool to listen to him speak accepting this award. I’ve listened to him with deep admiration since I was a teenager but never heard his speaking voice before. What a surprise (and no surprise) that he is reasoned and understandable. Why wouldn’t a genius musician be like that?



  1. I don’t understand the trick. Can you demonstrate?


    1. Pick a note in the bass clef, let’s say G. Then alternate the following three chords with your right hand against the G in your left.
      G – Eb – C
      In the first example G is the one in the second G is the major 3rd in the next G is the 5th. You follow?


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