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Hi! I have some questions on playing country piano: I am aware of the country guitar playing that makes things sound like Johnny Cash. If you play C-C(an octave higher)-G-C (octave higher) this is how you do it. Sometimes you do a walk up (with the scale).
I am not really sure about the rhythm. It feels like going away from playing straight rhythms is very important when playing boom chicka boom. What do you think?
The thing is: I play the piano. What should the pianist do when playing such songs. What kinda playing would work? And are there any kinds of fills and solos that would work?
My understanding is that it must sound extremely simple. Do you agree?
It seems like you should only play chord tones and maybe something like country sixths and something mixolydian. This also applies to more modern country songs. Is that how you also see it?
Being a non-singer how can I learn to sing such songs? Do I contact a vocal teacher? What would be most practical?
In regards to the rhythm - you might be talking about slip-note style. Look up Floyd Cramer and you can find some collections where it's all written out. As a mostly classically trained pianist I find it difficult to play, but I keep trying. I've been told Floyd is the key to getting it.
Floy Cramer was great. I have tried that amazing song bit I'm not sure that it will work for Johnny Cash songs. With Johnny Cash you just play something that is simmilar to the bassist in the left hand (root and fifth). Why would I want to learn Floyd Cramer style for such songs? Or would it help me play Johnny Cash?
I understand that when playing rock n' roll and country you never really use the pedal. Is this really correct? It would be more fun if I could sometimes use the sustain pedal when playing these styles. I just watched a video with a guy playing last date and he did use the sustain pedal. It sounded good but I don't think Floyd Cramer used it. Any tips on how used the pedal for this and simmilar songs?
It is necessary to understand the difference in the effects of using a damper and in its non-use. When the pedal is not pressed each sound clearly, sounds rhythmically and percussive, notes and chords don't mix . Pedal enhances the sound and adds a hum effect where all the sounds and chords mixed and the rhythm becomes less clear.
Any examples of other musicians using the Floys Cramer bass line? And any examples of other pianist using the Floyd Cramer right hand in their music?
I have been taught that some bassists don't like when you play bass lines in the LH. You shoud not play like a bassist if there is a bassist in the band. In contry shuffle the LH seem to often play bass lines even if there is a bass guitar in the song. If you were to play Last Date you probably would have a bass player doing nearly the same thing as your LH. Are there rules for when to avoid playing bass lines when playing in a band? Or do you just figure it out (when the bass player gets frustrated then you know)?