I want to sing John Legend's song All Of Me to the piano accompaniment.

I have already learned how to play the accompaniment through this tutorial. After that, I want to sing to it. But the accompaniment is quite hard to follow. I want to find some marks in the accompaniment which I can synchronize my voice to, so that I can follow the beat of the accompaniment. But it seems quite hard to find some strong note as the synchronize mark. Any advice how to sing to the piano accompaniment? Thanks!

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  • Both answers seem to imply that you are singing and playing the piano at the same time. That is not the sense I get from this question, so are you singing along to a pre-recorded accompaniment (karaoke-style) or are you playing the accompaniment yourself? – Dekkadeci Feb 12 at 16:04
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    @Dekkadeci Yes, I want to play and sing at the same time. – Rickyim Feb 13 at 11:32

While I'm not familiar with this song in particular, when it comes to singing and playing at the same time for me it usually comes down to knowing the accompaniment well enough that I don't have to think about it; that way I'm free to focus on the singing. Practice the accompaniment until you have it ingrained in your muscle memory and then practice singing along. The more you practice the quicker you'll become at these things, but take it slowly at the beginning.

As to the synchronization problem. You could try printing out (or writing down) the lyrics and then writing the chord changes above them. For example, listening to the song it sounds like the first chord change in the verse happens on the word "do" - so you could simply write in the chord above that word, and then do the same for the rest of the song. That way you have some sense of when the changes happen.

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    this answer and the answer by @coconochao are both really good. one thing i would like to add is that maybe it is ok to simplify the accompaniment until you can play the simple version and sing. once you have this down solid start to add back in some elements to get back to the written version. – b3ko Feb 12 at 14:21

I don't think there is a trick here. It is indeed really hard to synchronize voice and instruments if you are not used to it, specially when each one has a different rhythm, as in All of Me.

So the answer is: you will have to figure it out by yourself. Play it slow, bar by bar, section by section. By doing this you will start finding your own references, or strong notes, to synchronize the voice and the piano. As you start to get it right, speed it up until you reach the original tempo, no big mystery! In the end, it all comes down to practice.

PS: In this song, I think one good mark in the accompaniment it the head of each bar, the first strike of each chord. Keep track of the words that should match the head of the bars as a reference, example:

What would I do without your smart mouth; Drawing me in, and you kicking me o-out; Got my head spinning, no kidding, I can’t pin you down


This rhythm is very complex for a beginner.

enter image description here Obvious you can’t read sheet music and have no idea of rhythm. Tutorials like this are useful to motivate you to play piano but they are a bad help to develope the lacking rhythm feeling and freedom of singing and bring both together. As you are able to play the song without singing you’d better choose now another video and try to sing together with the singer or accompany the song.

If this don’t work then you have to analyze the rhythm:

Start with intro! You can hear the chords

You have first to write the lyrics line by line like a poem that you have an overview of the verses, refrain and the bridge.

Then make a sign or an accent above the syllable where you have to play a chord, and write dots where you can hear only single notes.

Look at the video you can see the note names (when the letters are in a row) up and down and the chords, e.g. in the bridge or refrain. The chords are triades and notated vertically.

You have to copy them on a sheet respective to the lines of the lyrics, the phrases and the verses.

Try to play them synchronized looking at the lyrics.

The best will be you prepare the 4 x 2 bars for the intro:

Count the 8th notes in each measure:

The bold beats are marking the place (time) when the chords have to be played:

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8

Tap with your feet the pulse 1-2-3-4 (the quarters)

and count in double speed the 8th notes 12345678.

Play the chords of the intro counting this rhythm.

When you are able to count emphazing 1,4,7 then you have got the rhythm and may probably be able to sing later to your own accompaniment.

May be after all this practise you will be able to play this one song you love so much.

You see how complicated it is to invent your own notation system and how much easier it would be if you had first a look on a site of rhythm, notation and basic triads.

May be after the latter effort you would be able to play every song you like and probably even this one:

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