Jazz organ skills, as I understand it, can be divided into four main categories:
1. Bebop – characterized by walking left hand bass, with right hand improvising bebop solo ideas.
2. Blues – swing or shuffle beat, left hand bass, soloing and comping more bluesy.
3. Ballad – slow tempo, playing bass line on pedal board, melody and chords with left and right hand, or 2-handed block chords. Check out Jimmy Smith starting at about 1:20- he plays chords with his right hand and melody with his left, while playing bass with his feet:
4. Funk – syncopated bass lines, etc.
In future posts, I’d like to explore what kind of practicing goes into each of these main categories, and what skills are universal to all categories.