Tuesday, October 09, 2018

"Voicing" in piano playing, especially of jazz

Watch “What Is Voicing?” video by Glenn Zaleski, with Oscar Peterson, Ahmad Jamal, Brad Mehldau, Keith Jarrett, and Bill Evans.

The video explains piano playing of homophonic materials to bring out the intended melody by playing one note in every chord louder than the others.

This what piano teachers mean by “top notes”. 

The technique seems particularly appropriate for jazz, where there may be multiple paths that create melody.

But intentionally polyphonic music or counterpoint would not work out here.
The technique seems important in guiding a “singable” (like a hymn) experience.

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