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#2127598 - 08/03/13 06:37 PM One Octave Keyboard Accompaniment Chord Set
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First, this is aimed at those who have an electronic keyboard with the ability to split the keyboard providing an accompaniment section at the lower end of the keyboard and second, taking regular "piano" lessons (e.g. Alfred's Basic Adult Piano Course).

I have almost completed Alfred's All-in-One Level 1. Over the Summer I had hoped to try and play some simple chording accompaniment to some simple popular songs, chording with both the left and right hands.

It would appear that those who use an electronic keyboard with the split keyboard accompaniment and who use 3-fingered chords (rather than the single-finger feature that many boards are capable of) use a choice of root, 1st inversion and 2nd inversion chords allowing them to play a full set of left hand chords in about one octave.

For a beginner trying to learn a set of left hand chords that will work for the accompaniment section of the keyboard, the question in my mind that always arises when the occasion comes up to chord at the same time with the right hand, is do I play the same root or inversion with the right hand as I do with the left?

Typically for me this question pops up whenever someone online demonstrates "piano" "comping" or whatever and I wonder should I try to do whatever they demonstrate but substitute the compressed one octave chord set used by "keyboard" players for the right hand?
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#2127604 - 08/03/13 06:47 PM Re: One Octave Keyboard Accompaniment Chord Set [Re: NoteBender]
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I don't have a KB that does this, but I understand your question.

I don't sing, so I usually use an inversion that puts the melody note "on top".
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#2127613 - 08/03/13 07:01 PM Re: One Octave Keyboard Accompaniment Chord Set [Re: Scott Hamlin]
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Just an added note of clarification - The intention here was not playing the melody but using both hands to simply play the chords noted above the melody line (which could just as easily be the listed guitar chords).

I know questions like this seem very simplistic, but for a beginner they are meaningful.


Edited by NoteBender (08/03/13 07:02 PM)
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#2127781 - 08/04/13 01:47 AM Re: One Octave Keyboard Accompaniment Chord Set [Re: NoteBender]
Charles Cohen Offline
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It'll be OK if you just "double" the LH chord in the right hand.

You'll sound better if you master chord inversions in the right-hand part.

That will let you (for example) match up the top note of your RH chord, with the matching melody note.

My teacher -- without auto-chord function -- suggests playing the root and fifth in the LH, and the third, another root, and whatever "accessory" notes are needed (e.g. 6th, or 7th) in the RH. That usually sounds pretty good.

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#2134733 - 08/18/13 09:10 AM Re: One Octave Keyboard Accompaniment Chord Set [Re: Charles Cohen]
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Thanks Charles. That's useful information!
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