1. Here are four songs to accompany. (You can also bring a song you like.)

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2. Examine the accompaniment styles on each song. Note rhythmic pattern, hand position, mood, range, dynamics, etc. Capture the style and apply it to the song you chose. Focus on the accompaniment only. The melody could be sung by you or played by the instructor. Here are several samples.

3. Now, bring the sheet music of the song and accompany it by following the chords. (Simplified sheet music is provided at the end of the chapter.) Proceed with the pattern slowly and patiently. Here are several tips for positioning the chords:

  • Left Hand: Take the chord’s pitch on the bass. For example, play G on the bass for G major chord. Play a single pitch at a time so the accompaniment is not too heavy.
  • Right Hand: Take the three pitches of the triad and apply a pattern, such as playing all the pitches together or breaking up the chord.
  • Right Hand(+): Try to arrange triads so they are convenient to play. There is no exact formula that you have to follow, but you can simply look for the better positions. For example, in the accompaniment sample for “Hey, Jude,” you can switch the position of the triad F-A-C (F major triad) to C-F-A (still F major triad but in a different position) to lead into the coming C major triad C-E-G. By changing chord position, you don’t have to jump from one to another. This is a first step to better voice leading using triad inversions.

 

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