Piano Accompaniment


Many musicians play with a bassist the same technique as they play solo, theoretically, this really is wrong. You are able to do it sometimes but you must ‘pick your spots’. Personally I don’t like this kind of playing. If your left hand plays the C 2 octaves below a center C found on the keyboard while the bassist play a C note, it seems to make a muddy kind of sound, that is anything you don’t desire!

Here are some choices you are able to apply rather of playing what the bassist is playing.

We’ll do the illustration in the key of C (since several of you may be familiar with your chords this ought to be effortless to understand)

Here are the initially 2 important aspects you need to know:

1) Play anything except what the bassist is playing, the choices are endless, may explain below.

2) Let your left-hand play chords notes around center C, whatever the key, your ear usually tell you if your sound is getting too muddy.

Now, in the key of C you’ll employ major7, minor7, dominant7 and diminished seventh chords.

Important: you ought to figure out how to play these kind of chords with your left hand in numerous inversions, but as you play you discover which inversions function for you.

Now, this might be not rocket research, here is an illustration below:

Let’s utilize this illustration below, we’ll take the following progression: (2-5-1=Dmin7-G7-CMaj7) in the key of C,

2-BASSIST=D

Your Left Hand=CF

Your Best Hand=CFA or CEFA (Dmin9)
5-BASS=G

YLH=BF

YRH=DGB or FACE (G9)

1-BASS=C

YLH= BE or CE (around center C or only below center C)

YRH= EGC or DGC (Cadd9) or BDEG (Cmaj9)

In any chord or say{Cmaj7=C(1)E(3)G(5)B(7th)….

the third tells whether the chord is major or minor and the 7th tells whether the chord is stable or not, that’s why in the key of C when you finish a song you don’t play C dominant7 but you play a Cmaj7. G in the key of C is unstable it wants to go somewhere, that’s why you’ll play it as a G7 chord.

If you notice on my left hand I uses the 3’s and the 7’s of each chord for these are the most important notes in any given chord…you can add other notes to these to add flavor as long as they include the 3 and the 7(the same chords that I used for the right you can also use for the left hand, because they include 3 and the 7.

A minor 3rd and flat a flat 7 in a dominant chord is called a tritone,e.g. G7=GBDF, the B and the F are called a tritone.

When playing chords with your left hand, you can also play scales with your right hand, that’s how the jazz guys play.

Experiment also with chords on your right hand when playing dominant chords,

G7-BASS=G
LH =BF
RH =BEAb(E Major chord), this gives you G13b9 chord.

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