Question For Those Who Have Gone Before Me

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As a "beginning intermediate" player learning jazz piano solos, I have come across the following dilemma. I find myself struggling with 16th-note runs with the right hand & accompanying chords with the left hand. If I try to play all of the notes perfectly, I lose the tempo. If I try to maintain the tempo, I invariably hit some wrong notes. I have tried to slow down the tempo in my practice. This certainly helps. However, as soon as I play the correct tempo, the mistakes return. The question is: Should I practice at the correct tempo & accept the inevitable mistakes or strive for zero mistakes at the expense of tempo? Thank you for your help.
 
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Start with getting the harmony/chords under hand on your left hand. Keep working on that until to can play the chords without any gaps or goofs. Then bring the left hand up to tempo gradually.

Then play the melody with the right hand until you can play it accurately without gaps or woops. Then gradually bring the melody up to tempo BUT take care not to become mechanical. Listen to how the song us sung by various vocalist. Try to play the melody as it were being sung.

Now that you have both chords and melody it's time to blend them..slowly at first then gradually move the tempo to performance level.
 

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