I've been long time sheet music reader and I've recently switched to chord sheets in desperate pursuit of improving my musicianship.

I've always wanted to reach a level where can arrange and transcribe very quickly.

Aside from some arpeggiated triads and 7th chords and basic voicings like quartal voicing or 157 left-hand voicing variations. and just repeating those notes, maybe appreciate back and forth. that's all I can manage.

yes, I play unconsciously different styles because I'm reading sheet music. but If you want me to take the stuff that I play thru reading sheet music and change some things to better fit my arrangement, then I cannot tell you.

another thing which I have a huge problem which I dunno if it's common or not but I suffer from this one path bias where I learn a piece a certain way, and I cannot unhear it that way. which means I cannot really switch style

you see marasy have many of the same songs but some of them are played in a completely different style and you have people like slsmusic that plays in different styles straight up

I don't know if this is due to a lack of knowledge or lack of creativity. whatever the case, from elementary school, I've been known to not having things click with me so that's why I am almost never satisfied with my own answers and writing becasue some of those are really bad and really hard to do well. I would do something, then look at someone else do it and they do it way wayyyy wayyy better than I do

for those who want to know what kind of music that I like is JPop, Game music.

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    It may be that you need a teacher or "personal trainer" who guides your development. I don't think something like this can be answered in a short piece of writing that you could accept as the answer for getting better. The steps or milestones to go through on your journey to being a better accompanist could be something like what is outlined here youtube.com/watch?v=78-Ggxq6868 ...or it could be something else. – piiperi Reinstate Monica Dec 24 '20 at 22:18
  • @piiperiReinstateMonica great suggestion--I think you just did answer in a short piece of writing and you should post this as an answer. – Reg Edit Dec 24 '20 at 23:45

Some methods that might help:

Pick a melody and try to write accompaniment part using different patterns/styles, e.g. Alberti Bass, wide arpeggios, repeated chords, leaps, gallops, walking bass, ... When you hear a piece/song, try to imitate what the pianist is playing for the accompaniment (you don't need to know the exact chords, just the pattern). If it's a band, listen to the groove from the rhythm section and try to make a similar groove on your piano. Once you have learned the groove, try to put it to another melody. Don't worry too much about quality of your rearrangements at first, you'll get better as you get more experienced with it. Don't beat yourself up at a starting stage. Once you could arrange songs slowly, over time you'll get to the point where you could arrange songs spontaneously with only just a few listens, and even in several different styles. Also there are lots of resources on how to play accompaniments in a certain style. It's definitely a good idea to check them out.

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