I have just started in learning to play the piano. I have begun to take music lessons. (Today I had my second lesson.)
I have a little bit of experience in playing the guitar. I have a friend with whom I have done some "jamming" on the guitar before. It was basically just me playing some random chordprogression like D - C - G - D and he started to improvise over that. Or we changed the roles and I played a little bit with the pentatonic scale.
Now I teamed up with some friends to jam together. We have no specific genre we want to play. I am playing the piano. There is one drummer, one guitarist and - sometimes - a bassist. The guitarist is playing some crazy solos and I try to accompany the song, so the solo wouldn't sound so thin.
On the piano it seems way more harder to me to just accompany a song. On the guitar I could play along with up and downstrokes to some interesting rythmic figures, which seems way harder on the piano. I could also use some muting for developing a progress of the sound, what I can't do on the piano.
Basically I just play the bass-note on my left hand and hit the chords with my right hand. When we want to jam, everyone is waiting for me to play something. It's like they want me to lead the jam. I just feel overwhelmed.
Wouldn't it be a better idea to let an experienced player lead a jam and give the beginner some room to develop himself? I just feel overwhelmed. Do you have some tips for me to accompany a song on piano? Something like roles I can assign to my left and right hand, so I can play along with and vary to not only hit the chords on the beats and play 20 minutes the same?
One more thing I have to mention is that the guitarist mostly playing the solo is not accompanying the song. That's okay; I want to learn to accompany the song before I start to solo by myself.