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Bb7 chord in C major , function

Could you please help me make sense of the accompaniment for 'Moon River' in terms of why certain chromatic chords seem to be the only solution and if certain modulations are implied when using some ...
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Is there a way for one player to have a solo but the rest of the instrument keep playing?

I'm writing a piece where there is like a bass line which is made up of all 5 string section parts (orchestra) that each have a similar rhythm, and that all together makes a cool sound. I want to add ...
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brahms requiem - two pianos, 4 hands version?

Our small church was recently bequeathed a fine 7 foot grand, which pairs incredibly nicely with our current 7 foot grand. I’m thinking of an inaugural concert, featuring the Brahms Requiem, ...
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How do singers find the first note of the melody?

I find myself hitting the first note of the melody correctly when my singing teacher starts playing the song's chords on the piano, but I have no idea how I did it or how I found the first note. How ...
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Transposing Piano Accompaniment for Vocalist - When to Change Clefs

I have been transposing some voice + piano accompaniment music originally written for a mezzo-soprano or alto into a key for a tenor down (usually by a third or a fourth) and have found the resulting ...
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Notating Sheet Music with Strict Tempo for Accompaniment but Rubato for Vocalist

I have some sheet music for vocal + piano accompaniment where I want to notate that the vocalist should feel out the rhythms and phrases and sing expressively while the pianist maintains a steady ...
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Piano comping in a jazz ballad

I'm having trouble when comping over a jazz ballad with a singer/solo instrument. In my case I also have drums and bass playing with me. I'm mainly stuck between playing sustained chords to fill out ...
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How can I find a reference pitch when I practice singing a song by ear?

If I listened to a song for enough time, memorized the melody and the vocals of the original singer removed and now I am left with just the accompaniments playing in the background and I am going to ...
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Does practicing set pieces on the piano lead to the ability to improvise or play accompaniment?

I am thinking of somebody whose entire musical training consists of playing from sheet music. He goes though all Bach, Beethoven, etc. and eventually becomes good enough for Carnegie Hall. He is ...
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Do I need to practice recovery from confusion? How?

I am going to do a live performance soon. I'll have sheet music; no improvisation. I have practiced my part fairly well at home, but I am sure I'll get confused and make mistakes during the ...
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How to decide what voicing/register to use when writing an accompaniment?

Today I wrote this piano accompaniment to a melody. I first filled in the bass notes and tweaked it a bit to find the best possible bassline. Thereafter, I just chose a random register that sounded ...
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What are "apparent octaves and unisons"?

In the workbook for "Harmony and Voice Leading" (5th edition), there is an exercise on page 14 for which I need to write an accompaniment. As you can see in the instructions, octaves and ...
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Strange "less than" accent or ornament in Sullivan's "The Mikado" score

In the old Kalmus handwritten conductor's score for The Mikado, a few notes in the overture had a unfamiliar notation. For example, here's Measure 50 from the oboe part (other instruments have ...
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Which lines do I play in keyboard music that accompanies singing? [duplicate]

I have this Gershwin songbook for piano and voice. I am not sure whether I am supposed to play the vocal line. The vocal line has its own staff, but the notes are also doubled on the piano's staff as ...
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What is the importance of the accompaniments for singers?

Why singing teachers says you must sing or practice a song with accompaniments or backing track (karaoke) ? I don't understand what is the point of singing with accompaniments, when i asked my teacher ...
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Recommend a book to learn how to accompany on piano [closed]

For example, I know chords: G, E, C, D, etc. I want to play good piano accompaniment with these chords (not just bang them on a strong beat) and sing. Can you recommend me a good book where I can ...
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do singers do sight singing/improvisation?

what I mean is do singers sight-sing on the first run say on a gig, and sound relatively good, equivalent to sight-reading a piece for musicians? like in a gig, the accompanist has to play sight-...
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What is this five-note, repeating bass pattern called?

I'm looking for examples of this repeating pattern as a bass. Not these specific notes, but what is it called when you have five notes played quickly and many times?
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What are jazz pianists playing in the background?

When I wanted to learn some jazz piano (coming from classical), I came across recordings where the orchestration had horns playing a more melodic part and the piano playing chords and a more rhythmic ...
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What to learn in order to choose chords for a song? [closed]

I am trying to learn piano by myself and have been studying a little bit of music theory. But I still haven't faced anything concerning how to create chord progressions and how to choose chords for a ...
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Om - pah - pah - pah

Is there a name for the "om - pah - pah - pah" accompaniment? Like a waltz ("om - pah - pah") but with 3 chords after the bass instead of 2? I was thinking maybe stride bass or ...
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While playing a song / melody, Why does my timing of hitting the chords go wrong?

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 ...
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What is a commonly used term for "Arranged for piano and voice" in regards to popular music recordings?

Generally, searching for "piano cover" + a popular song's name in DDG, Google, and YouTube yields videos of instrumental covers, not someone's personal accompanying-instrument-and-voice ...
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In music what is style as it relates to instruments?

In music what is style I mean accompaniment styles? How does one play with style as it relates to instruments? Like make their own 16 ballad style. https://musicterms.artopium.com/s/Style.htm ...
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What type of software works as alternative to the common workstation keyboards "styles"?

I always found it handy to have these styles (rhythms + accompaniment) that are provided by the workstation keyboards. The auto-accompaniment styles come with an INTRO, VARIATIONS (A, B, eventually C,...
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Piano: How to Internalize a Beat in One Hand?

I am learning an to play this accompaniment while I sing "Counting Stars". I am having trouble internalizing the beat in one section, and as such I keep losing rhythm. Not just for this song, it is a ...
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Simple Recipe for Guitar-Piano Duo

I would like together with a friend and play songs together. I play both the piano and guitar, and he only plays guitar. I tried it first by recording myself playing a pop song on the piano (only ...
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How do I properly support a bass solo as a keyboard player?

As an amateur keyboard player, I am used to comping with (or against) a guitar solo, sometimes staying out of the way, other times harmonizing against it, or even just "responding" to its calls. On ...
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In a piece for piano and vocals, when I move the vocal part down an octave do I also need to move the piano part down an octave?

I'm a (not so experienced) guy and would like to try and learn a piece that has both a vocal part and a piano part. Since I'm a male, I think I need to sing the piece from the image I've attached (...
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What's the best way for guitar and piano to play together in a jazz quartet?

Guitar and piano are both used for chordal accompaniment in a jazz band. So I wanted to find out what's the "best" approach to have this two instruments playing together in a jazz ensemble (quartet) ...
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What is the name of the guitar accompaniment in this song?

I'm a beginner in guitar playing. I come across this type of accompaniment (specifically the rhythm on the right hand) frequently in songs and really like it but don't know what it's called to search ...
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How to differentiate countermelody from arpeggiated accompaniment?

I wonder what would be the main difference between arpeggiated accompaniment and counter melody. Could it be the rule that an arpeggiated accompaniment would be more repetitive (because it consists ...
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Chords behaving as a melody

I've been learning some Christmas carols on the guitar and I noticed that the chord structure they have is very different from what I can usually see in popular/rock music. I noticed that the ...
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Making accompaniments (played on the piano by a beginner) sound better

After getting bored with my piano lessons a few months ago, I decided (a few days ago) that I wanted to get back into piano playing for fun. I really enjoy playing the piano but didn't enjoy the ...
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Polyphony vs Monophony

I am taking a basic music class as an elective and was given a chart to compare monophony and polyphony. The elements within the chart are: Melody, Accompaniment, Harmony, Rhythm of Words, Dynamics ...
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How to create rhythm parts on piano?

I am trying to self learn piano. I can play some melody (right hand), can play some chords (left hand) and can play some melody with chords (right + left) with right doing all the complex finger ...
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Why can't I play with a backing track or other musicians

I am a 63 year old man who has never played an instrument before but I have recently started learning to play the harmonica. I’m half way through my second 12 week term of harmonica and I am not only ...
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How do I find suitable chords for a melody or a song? Or How do I come up with chord progression?

I have spent some time reading a book that taught me different types of chords and different scales and I understand them very well. But the book didn't really expand on how to actually use these ...
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how to arrange a song? [closed]

I always start with the piano, writing the melody and the chords of the song. After when I finish all parts, I want to arrange my songs with other instruments. But I don't know how to harmonize ...
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If there's already a melody on the bottom two staff, then how can I make vocal melodies on the upper top staff? [duplicate]

If I made vocal melodies on the top staff, does it have to be part of the specific chord progressions for each measure? How would I make the melody on the top staff sound good from measure to measure ...
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Are the vocal melodies on the first staff part of the same chord progressions as the piano accompaniment on the bottom?

Are all the notes in each box part of the same chord?
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How does he connect the piano accompaniment with the vocal melodies on top?

Is it through chord progressions?
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Is there any keyboard that has got Artificial Intelligence to play Chords based on the notes played on the right hand side? [closed]

Is there any keyboard that has got Artificial Intelligence to play Chords based on the notes played on the right hand side? I have seen such a Casio Keyboard in my childhood. But have you ever happen ...
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Determining dynamics of individual parts in music group

I have been lately wondering how to determine dynamics of individual parts in music group. As we all know sheet music many times doesn't provide all dynamics and phrasing. It seems obvious to me, ...
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Disoriented when others join in

Every now and then when I play the piano, someone in the vicinity will recognize the tune and hum, whistle, or sing along. I don't mind that; I think it's nice that they like the song and want to join ...
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Forming piano arpeggios/accompaniment for a particular song

I am an intermediate self-taught pianist(Trinity Grade 5). I learnt a beautiful arrangement of a GOT song which I found on YouTube. It had really difficult left hand patterns and the arranger seemed ...
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I have a pretty decent formation on piano and music theory but I find it difficult to perform vocal accompaniments

I have studied classical music for a few years. I have a good understanding of basic harmony and I can play some pieces of acceptable difficulty on the piano (sonatas by Mozart or Beethoven, nocturnes ...
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How can I make two chords on the ukulele sound interesting for a whole song?

I'm accompanying my friend on one of her own songs with my uke. However, the song only has two chords the whole way through! The chords are Dm and Am - eight even beats of each. It's mostly slow and ...
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What should I know about leading the American national anthem with the violin?

Tonight I am "leading" the USA national anthem -- The Star Spangled Banner -- with my violin. There will be a single singer who will, for all intents and purposes, actually lead, but I will accompany. ...
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Conflict of playing a note when both melody and chord require it [duplicate]

How do I finger a chord such as G (GBD) when the melody also requires playing one of these notes, such as B or D? Do I do an inversion to avoid the conflict? I'm brand new at this and using EZ Play ...
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