4. For better voice leading on the left hand, try to find a smoother bass line using other pitches of the chord on the bass. Write it on the score. Using inversions only on the right hand does not change the chord name, but it is changed when the bass note is other than the root. (For example, it is always called “root position” with an F on the bass whether the right hand positions F-A-C or C-F-A [chord indication: F], but it is the first inversion of F major triad [chord indication: F/A] when the bass is A.) Voice leading is difficult, but it’s necessary for all kinds of music to sound professional and polished.

5. Try to add “fillers” to have a sort of melody, or insert irregular patterns for interest. It is hard to do at first, but you will get better as you get used to the process. More skills will be introduced later, but it has to be you to make an ‘accompanying habit’ your thing.

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6. Practice until you can accompany the song in the tempo without stopping. Perform it while singing or playing a CD.