Hello to all the music fraternity, mentors and experts. I am struggling long time now with the problem of playing the chords correctly at the required places while playing any song or melody. I am confident of the chords / melody when played separately, but when I play songs & chords together, if I focus on melody, the chords or their timing go wrong and if I focus on chords, sometimes the melody goes wrong. By chords going wrong, I mean, by the time I look and hit the chords, the required beat / note has already gone ahead. Most of the times, it is the timing that goes wrong(either I tend to miss the timing or play it before the required note. For eg: If I am playing a I – V – vi – IV, I know those chords very well, I also know the melody where that progression fits very well, but when I am trying to put those chords to the melody/song, I simply miss to play (or incorrectly play) the chords at the exact timings/notes as defined in the music notes /sheets. Although, later, I get it then with tons of practice.
While I am all in to work extremely hard to get things right, I am also concerned whether I am putting my efforts in the right place, whether I am putting my huge efforts in the right way of practice? What is the right way to practice together the melody/songs, the chords and primarily "the timing to hit the chords" so that I don't get the above problem? I tried to google this issue a lot but couldn't find a good solution/assurance? what if I keep on practicing tons of songs by simply matching/coordinating the timing, the chords and the melody to eventually get the song right but only to discover later that in the same efforts, I could have done more songs, covered more grounds if I had practiced some other way?
I am aware that there are threads [like these (Learn piano one hand at a time or simultaneously?) and (How to practice for piano with chord in one hand and lead in another?)] that answer a part of that question, my concern is more about timing the chords.
some additional info that may help is I am using yamaha arranger keyboard and use the left side accompaniment section to play the chords & rhythm. Also, to have more space to play, have limited the area to play the chords to left most octave i.e the first octave only. Hence, many a times, i use inversions to play the chords. However, even if I don't use the inversions and don't limit the chords to first octave, the earlier described problem still exists.
Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thankyou in advance.