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Best Tips For Playing Piano As Accompaniment

When you do a piano accompaniment, you are essentially playing with another musical instrument, or someone that is doing a solo while singing. You could also be part of a band that is playing, where your role is to play the piano to provide music in a supportive way. Accompaniment is a little different than actually learning how to play the piano. In fact, it is important that you are skilled at playing the piano in order to do this right. In fact, accompaniment refers to the arrangement of composed music, as well as playing in an improvised manner, which means you need to have an ear for music when you are doing this type of work. Here are the best tips for playing a piano as accompaniment so that you can make the singer, or all of the other players in your band, sound their absolute best.

It’s All About Harmonics

Accompaniment also focuses on what is called harmonics, essentially the rhythm of the song you are playing with being your primary focus. This harmonic background that is produced usually involves one or more instruments, and it involves also playing what are called chord progressions which makes up the harmonic accompaniment. This can be done with any number of instruments including an organ, guitar or a piano. If you want to be successful, there are a few things you need to do if you want this to work.

Start With The Melody

The melody of the song that you are listening to is where you need to begin. Essentially, you are going to listen to the song, and then play the notes that will make the song really stand out, matching the tempo and rhythm. This is why it is so important for you to have some background in playing the piano so that you can easily start matching the tempo that you hear, and the melody, without having to wonder what notes to hit. So whether you are doing this with a soloist, or someone else playing a different instrument, you can always match up.

Break Up The Chords

When you play the piano, you are going to have to use both hands. This is so that you can do the right variations in chords, adapting to whatever the soloist is doing, or the other players in the band. Everything will be on the fly, meaning you will have to listen to the style, rhythm and tempo of the music, and then match up to whatever it is that they are doing. Remember that your goal is to be in the background, producing sounds that actually enhance what is being played so that you can improve the music that is either being sung, or played by others in the room. By breaking up the chords, changing things up a bit, it can add more depth to whatever is being played or sung at that moment in time.

Advanced Strategies

There are a couple of things that you can do when you decide to break up the chords which includes arpeggio which is where you actually play the notes in rapid succession. You don’t want to hit the whole chord at once, and if you decide to do this with one hand only, it can really change the sounds that are heard. When you do this with one hand, you will be doing what are called Triad chords, and if you are using both hands, you can do what are called circle of fifths. You might actually take the time to look at the music, if you know how to read music, and design your own style of accompaniment. Some people are not able to simply listen to what is being played and improvise along the way. If you can read music, and you need to know in advance what is being played to provide accompaniment, this is something that you will need to discuss with the singer or group that you will be playing with so that you can do the best job.

Accompaniment is actually not that hard to do if you have a general idea of how to play the piano. As mentioned before, if you are not very good at listening and simply improvising, you can always look at the music sheet that is being played, practice at home before you actually go to the event where the person is singing or playing, so that you can do the best job possible. It takes a musical ear to do this on the fly, and an understanding of how to read musical notes if you don’t. It is simply a great way to expand the depth of any musical piece or song that is being played, and this can all be done by learning how to do accompaniment with the piano.

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