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Questions tagged [accompaniment]

For questions regarding the accompaniment in music, the musical part supporting or providing background for other musical part, usually the main melody or theme of the composition.

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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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If a piano song contains a melody line, should this be removed if we add the singer?

A piano player and a singer would like to perform a song together. A piano player knows the song they like ("Memory" from "Cats - the Musical", to be precise). However it is a complete piano piece ...
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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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Where/how can I get a song's backing track without a specific instrument so I can play for it?

I've been playing with the violin for a while now. The latest song I learned was He's a Pirate from Pirates of the Caribbean. 'cuz it is a lot of fun. I want to make a video of me playing it. And it ...
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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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What is it called when the accompaniment and vocal melody don't match?

I decided I would like to learn to chord an acoustic guitar, primarily to play classic country music for relaxation. I also wanted to understand the basis and structure of music, especially chords. I ...
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Piano accompaniment with left or right hand

On this website, it says, In elementary piano, the left hand (lower notes) typically plays chords, while the right hand plays the melody. If you're playing pop or rock and singing, you might want ...
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Suggestions for transition from 6/8 to 4/4 (Piano accompaniment)

I am playing an accompaniment for a choir on piano with one song in 6/8 and another in 4/4. The choir insists that I shouldn't leave a gap between the two songs and I should try to play continuously. ...
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Tricks and techniques for memorising songs

I've been googling and, unfortunately, coming up short in search of techniques, methods, systems or just simple tricks for how to memorise songs. I'm currently on a writing spree (I play the guitar ...
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Are accompanying instruments typically playing notes from the current “main chord”?

Forgive me if I'm using incorrect terminology. I'm currently learning some music theory from HookTheory.com. They're talking about how songs can typically be broken down into a melody as well as a ...
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Which type of microphone is optimal to use for the singing piano player?

A piano player obviously cannot use a hand held microphone. From that I have seen in various shows, it is possible to use a bigger microphone what is attached to the stand and positioned in front of ...
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Is there software for adding chords to a melody?

I understand fully how to harmonise a melody and could do so if I wished. However, I would like to quickly put together a CD of accompaniments of a large number of songs to use in a community singing ...
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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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Universal piano chord voicings

I am a bassist/guitarist who's recently started to play the piano. I am trying to learn songs/tunes I already know. Generally I play the melody in the right hand and attempt to create bass line / ...
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Is there any accompaniment software for a USB midi keyboard?

Is there any accompaniment software for a USB midi keyboard, like Yamaha's Style function or Casio's rhythm function? Basically I have a M-Audio Key Ring 49 and I would like the functionality of ...
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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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Ways to use quartal chords

By stacking 4ths in C major, the following quadads result: C, F, B, E D, G, C, F E, A, D, G F, B, E, A G, C, F, B A, D, G, C B, E, A, D (I used C major for simplicity, but this can obviously be ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Why might one want to record a drum accompaniment electronically without using regular or electronic drumheads and cymbals to drum on?

Motivated by How to determine fast if song has constant tempo I don't have physical drums. I'm producing the drums electronically via a software called FL Studio. That means that the tempo needs ...
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If I have a good chord progression, how can I come up with good piano melodies?

I'm not really like anything I try with my right hand. It all just sounds dull. Even if I walk up and down the chord with my right hand it's a bit boring. So I try playing two notes at a time, and it'...
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Identifying jazz elements [closed]

Years ago, a friend had me listen to some jazz music (I don't really know what song.). I find it relaxing, boring, horrible and ultimately lacking the power I seek in music. Now I came across a ...
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Guidelines for Easy Piano Blues, but not boring

Consider the following scenario: you already have the basic chord progression (I-IV-V) you already have the basic melody of a slow (and sad) blues song the music is played only on the piano and by ...
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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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How to remotely listen to acoustic piano accompanist, so they can record a track with no voice, but at my tempo?

I'm a singer in NJ, my accompanist is in western PA. He needs to record himself playing a piano accompaniment at my tempo and interpretation--my voice is not to be part of the recording. So we need to ...
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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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How to diffrentiate countermelody from arpeggiated accompaniament?

I wonder what would be main difference between arpeggiated accompaniament and counter melody. Could it be the rule that if it's an arpeggiated accompaniament then it would be more repetitive (because ...
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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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How does he connect the piano accompaniment with the vocal melodies on top?

Is it through chord progressions?
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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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How to play an accompaniment with a midi keyboard on Linux?

I recently bought a 88 keys midi master keyboard. It doesn't play any sound by itself and you have to plug it to a computer and use a software synthetizer to produce sounds. I was wondering if I ...
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How to improve piano accompaniment for singing

I am an intermediate level piano player. I am able to figure out the chords for all the songs I am interested to play, but it always sounds plain to me. I usually play the chords like a rhythm or like ...
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How do I make my fingerpicking patterns interesting?

I'm pretty used to picking through patterns in 3/4, 4/4, 6/8, 8/8 and 12/8 over arbitrary chords, but the novelty of this skill has worn off. How do I create patterns that doesn't get repetetive ...
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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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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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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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Yamaha Bass keys accompaniment in Ableton live

My piano teacher was telling me that when he turns on the accompaniment and when you are playing chords, when you hold the previous black key you get the minor chord for that. Example if i wanted to ...
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Real Time MIDI Controlled Accompaniment

I'm part of a small theater group looking to add some big sound to our small orchestra. I was wondering if anyone knew of a software package that would allow an artist to record an instrument, say a ...
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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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What Notes to Play as Accompaniment in Fingerstyle?

Example: I'm holding down the C chord with the melody note on C, second string and bass on C, fifth string. It seems like the only accompaniment notes I can play are on the D and G string. Why? ...