Accompanying Melodies

In This Chapter

  • Working with a lead sheet
  • Figuring out what to play
  • Understanding different types of accompaniment
  • Adding a more interesting bass part
  • Accompanying on guitar

If you play piano or guitar, at some point you’ll be asked to accompany another musician or group of musicians. Maybe it’s playing behind a singer at church, or backing up your children’s choir at school, or even vamping behind a harmonica soloist in a blues band. Whatever the situation, you’ll be expected to provide at least rudimentary backing to the primary musicians.

If, along with this request, you also are handed a page of detailed ...

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