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#2024700 - 01/31/13 02:53 PM piano accompaniment
anagarcia Offline
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Registered: 01/25/13
Posts: 7
I’m trying to learn how to play piano accompaniment while I sing. I know how to play classical piano and some blues, but I can’t find a book on piano accompaniment for pop, rock… (with advices like: don’t play the melody, play chords on the right hand…). Does anybody know a book about this or has some advices? How do piano accompanists learn to accompany?

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#2024710 - 01/31/13 03:07 PM Re: piano accompaniment [Re: anagarcia]
jawhitti Offline
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Registered: 08/01/12
Posts: 234
Hello Ana,

This forum is geared more for discussion of piano buying, selling, care and maintenance. You will get better response in other forums like the "Pianist Corner" or "Adult Beginners Forum". Just click on "Our Most Popular Forums" at the top of your screen to find a listing of them.

#2024716 - 01/31/13 03:16 PM Re: piano accompaniment [Re: anagarcia]
Rickster Offline

Registered: 03/25/06
Posts: 8068
Loc: Georgia, USA
Hi Ana, and welcome to the Piano World Forums!

You will likely get more and better responses to your question on the Adult Beginners forum here; or perhaps the Pianist Corner forum. There are several different forums here on PW. (As has been mentioned)

As for your question, I’m not much of a player, but I do play and sing a lot… in fact, I supplement my playing with singing… since I can’t play all that well, the singing helps mask the poor playing! smile

However, I usually decide which key I want to play the song in… F major is my favorite singing key; it fits my voice the best. Next, I will do a simple bass line with the left hand and cords in the right hand. In fact, I figure I play the piano much more like a guitar… I kind of strum the keys/cords, in a manner of speaking. smile

I’ve notice that even the most accomplished performers are light on the playing with they are singing so as to focus on the singing and words of the song. Then, you can decide on a turnaround (instrumental) between verses.

Hope this helps.

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#2024957 - 01/31/13 11:47 PM Re: piano accompaniment [Re: anagarcia]
KataiYubi Offline
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Registered: 01/20/13
Posts: 32
Hi Ana,

Go to your local music store and find the section on popular music for piano. My local store has lots and lots of books of songs with standard piano accompaniment with a vocal line on top.

Unless you tell me exactly what kind of music you're looking for, I cannot be more specific.

And if you'd like to **learn** to accompany but you don't know how to play piano, that's the wrong approach. You must learn to play piano first.

#2024987 - 02/01/13 12:55 AM Re: piano accompaniment [Re: anagarcia]
DanS Offline
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Registered: 10/28/12
Posts: 470
Your best bet is to use your ears more than your eyes!

Listen to how other people do it. As you said, don't play the melody. Also, listen to the interaction between the voice and piano. You don't want to fill up too much space. Instead you want to react to the voice. When there's singing, you want to provide a supportive bed, when there's no voice, you can play a little more...try to make a bridge to the next vocal entrance.

Ultimately, if you want to learn how to accompany, get out there and do it!

"Most pianists are poor musicians, they dissect music into bits-and-pieces, like a roast chicken" -Debussy

#2025009 - 02/01/13 02:11 AM Re: piano accompaniment [Re: anagarcia]
Pianolance Offline
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Registered: 07/28/09
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Loc: Nashville, TN
You have to learn to separate what your voice is doing with what your fingers are doing. Simplify your playing and keep your volume below your voice volume. Block chords or simple arpeggios work well. A root position arpeggio in the right hand and a root bass note in octaves in the left hand are a good place to start.
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#2095222 - 06/04/13 12:17 PM Re: piano accompaniment [Re: jawhitti]
anagarcia Offline
Junior Member

Registered: 01/25/13
Posts: 7
Thanks, I'll try that

#2095227 - 06/04/13 12:21 PM Re: piano accompaniment [Re: Rickster]
anagarcia Offline
Junior Member

Registered: 01/25/13
Posts: 7
Hi Rick,
Thanks for your advices. Its interesting that you say you play the piano like a guitar. I believe that's what Isaac Albeniz did. I'll try your tips.

#2095228 - 06/04/13 12:22 PM Re: piano accompaniment [Re: KataiYubi]
anagarcia Offline
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Registered: 01/25/13
Posts: 7

#2095229 - 06/04/13 12:23 PM Re: piano accompaniment [Re: DanS]
anagarcia Offline
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Registered: 01/25/13
Posts: 7
Haha, I guess you're right!

#2095317 - 06/04/13 02:09 PM Re: piano accompaniment [Re: anagarcia]
tend to rush Offline
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Registered: 02/05/13
Posts: 50
I'd really think that Pianist Corner - Non Classical would be the best place for this post.


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