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Big Road Blues Discussion Forums 2005-09-27T14:25:50+00:00 2005-09-27T14:25:50+00:00 <![CDATA[RE: Piano accompaniment to singers]]>
I'm just getting into exploring the techniques & am already getting some good milage just using the root or 5th on beats 1&3 & chords on beats 2&4. Seems to provide more avenues for comping/accomp.

Statistics: Posted by fred — Tue Sep 27, 2005 2:25 pm

2005-08-13T23:04:08+00:00 <![CDATA[RE: Piano accompaniment to singers]]>
I don't see much value in a Fake Book for the blues. You have a chord chart, a melody line and lyrics (often incorrect or just one verse).

"I chose to sing the blues." Ray Charles

Statistics: Posted by doc williamson — Sat Aug 13, 2005 11:04 pm

2005-05-14T16:31:27+00:00 <![CDATA[RE: Piano accompaniment to singers]]>
"A cheerful heart is good medicine."

Statistics: Posted by ricochet — Sat May 14, 2005 4:31 pm

2005-05-14T15:16:31+00:00 <![CDATA[RE: Piano accompaniment to singers]]>
Also, maybe not quite the thing for everybody, but Junior Mance on "Buddy and the Juniors" lays down some interesting little fills on piano (the lineup is Buddy Guy, voc and acoustic guitar, Junior Wells, harp and vox, Junior Mance, piano).

Champion Jack DuPree is also one of my personal favorites on his earlier sides -- his piano really gets a workout and there are a whole bunch of "tricks" he uses. A lot of the great later New Orleans guys had a real ability to float their voice on top of some tricky accompaniments/fills.

I wouldn't know how to say why accompanying singers is much different than many other tasks one has to do on piano -- I don't personally think of it as much different than backing up an instrumental soloist or even playing short solos/fills myself, but then again, I don't sing at all, so I don't know the tricks from the inside out like others might.



Statistics: Posted by j_tour — Sat May 14, 2005 3:16 pm

2005-05-13T14:48:07+00:00 <![CDATA[RE: Piano accompaniment to singers]]>
The situation is that I've got a blues Fake Book, and I want to accompany myself and/or someone else singing, and I'm looking for common ideas to get started. I know how to read and use a fake book, but I guess I don't really know typical blues accompaniment licks.

I guess I'll start transcribing. :)

Statistics: Posted by otto_defay — Fri May 13, 2005 2:48 pm

2005-05-12T16:52:29+00:00 <![CDATA[RE: Piano accompaniment to singers]]> Statistics: Posted by blueswriter — Thu May 12, 2005 4:52 pm

2005-05-12T15:32:31+00:00 <![CDATA[RE: Piano accompaniment to singers]]> Statistics: Posted by allanlummox — Thu May 12, 2005 3:32 pm

2005-05-12T14:47:37+00:00 <![CDATA[Piano accompaniment to singers]]>
I'm looking for suggestions about accompanying singers. I have a few books that focus on blues piano (Tim Richards' "Improvising Blues Piano" is highly recommended), but most seem to focus on solo piano, or instrumental where the piano is the primary instrument.

Does anyone have any suggestions or books about accompanying singers, or yourself while you sing?


Statistics: Posted by otto_defay — Thu May 12, 2005 2:47 pm