Piano Accompaniment Lesson: How to Accompany and Spice Up Your Playing

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In this piano accompaniment lesson I will take a simple alternating accompaniment pattern using two simple root-form chords (C and F), and show you how to spice it up using so-called "grace notes", which emulate the guitar player's hammer-ons and pull-offs. The piano is one of the most beloved and popular instruments out there and its huge range and sound make it second to none for accompanying singing, other instruments or just your favorite track.

During the lesson, I will present two variations, each having a slow and fast sub-variation, for a total of four options which you can interchange while playing along to your favorite song or tune. The video will conclude with some ways of "thinking outside the box" and using the forms learned to spice up other aspects of your playing.

========= From Wikipedia =========

(See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Accompaniment)

In music, accompaniment is the art of playing along with an instrumental or vocal soloist or ensemble, often known as the lead, in a supporting manner. The accompaniment can be performed by a single performer—a pianist, organist, or guitarist—or it can be played by an entire ensemble, such as a symphony orchestra or string quartet (in the classical genre), a backing band or rhythm section (in popular music), or even a big band or organ trio (in jazz). It may be considered the background to the foreground melody.

The term accompaniment also describes the composed music, arrangement, or improvised performance that is played to back up the soloist. In most Classical styles, the accompaniment part is written by the composer and provided to the performers in the form of sheet music. In jazz and popular music, the backing band or rhythm section may improvise the accompaniment based on standard forms, as in the case of a small blues band or a jazz band playing a 12-bar blues progression, or the band may play from a written arrangement in a jazz big band or in a musical theater show.

========= Other Related Videos and Playlists =========

Here are other interesting playlists from my channel which group together my different piano lessons by theme/category:

Reading Sheet Music for Beginners: a 4-Part Series
Inspiring Piano Harmony, Chord and Voicing Tips and Tricks:
The 2-5-1 Harmonic Progression: a 4-Part Series
The Piano Quickie series which explains basic harmony and piano concepts quickly and painlessly:

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