The Logic Of Piano Accompaniment

The Logic Of Piano Accompaniment gives you a simple, logical approach to piano accompaniment

Logic Of Piano Accompaniment

1. There are seven notes in the scale and you can
build a chord (triad) on each note.

Chord                   I      II      III      IV      V or V7      VI      VII
Scale degree       1      2       3        4       5                  6         7

2. After you finger one chord, there are six
other chords that you can change to.

3. Here are the six things (seven things) that you can do to get
to those six chords.

3a. You can move 1, 2 or 3 fingers up.

3b. You can move 1, 2 or 3 fingers down.

3c. You can add a 4th finger.

4. Every chord is a 3rd, 5th or 7th away from
the chord that you are fingering.

4-1. You move 1 finger up (+1) to get to the chord
a 3rd down.    I  to  VI      E.g.  C  to  Am.

4-2. You move 1 finger down (-1) to get to the chord
a 3rd up.  I  to  III      E.g.  C  to  Em.

4-3. You move 2 finger up (+2) to get to the chord
a 5th down.    I  to  IV      E.g. C  to  F.

4-4. You move 2 finger down (-2) to get to the chord
a 5th up.    I  to  V       E.g. C  to  G.

4-5. You move 3 finger up (+3) to get to the chord
a 7th down.    I  to  II        E.g. C  to  Dm.

4-6. You move 3 finger down (-3) to get to the chord
a 7th up.    I  to  VII        E.g.  C  to  Bdim.

The chords a 7th away are adjacent chords.

4-7. You can also add a 4th finger for the
numbered chords 6, 7, 9, 11, 13.

I  to  V7         E.g.  C  to  G7.

5. Every chord will contain the 3rd or 4th scale step

The V7 will contain the 4th scale step.

There will also be three adjacent notes that are contained in every chord.
You can use these notes as anchors.

This is Diatonic Harmony.

(1) The fingers always move in the same direction.
(2) You always move to the next scale tone.

Non-Diatonic Harmony

Non-Diatonic Harmony is a little more complex.

(1) The fingers don’t always move in the same direction.

I  to  III Major        E.g. C major to E major.

(2) You move to non-diatonic tones (b5, #5, b9, #9, b7).

Please use the Roman Numerals for chord names. It makes transposing much simpler, and less things to remember.

Use the letter names for documentation and reference.

It Is Not Rocket Science

Piano accompaniment is all about what you can do with your fingers.

Associate the sound you hear with the finger movement, and you will be playing by ear.

America the Beautiful 2016 Piano Chords

America the Beautiful 2016 Piano Chord Tabs by Rockmaster

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America the Beautiful 2016 Piano Chords and Tabs

Anchor 789

Listen to the song

Aretha Franklin

Mariah Carey

Anchor 789

Listen to the song

Leontyne Price

Mormon Tabernacle Choir

Rockmaster Songbook

` America the Beautiful 2016`

He Ain't Heavy He's My Brother G

He Ain't Heavy He's My Brother G Piano Chords

Learn to play piano accompaniment for He Ain't Heavy He's My Brother G with Piano Chord Tabs by Rockmaster

He Ain’t Heavy He’s My Brother G Piano Chords and Tabs

Listen and play along
The Hollies

Rockmaster Songbook

Origin of the song

A Beautiful Song

This is a beautiful song, and the chord changes are not difficult

A Beautiful Song

The Wind Beneath My Wings  with Bette Midler

Listen and play along

Bette Midler

Wind Beneath My Wings” (sometimes titled “The Wind Beneath My Wings” and “Hero“) is a song written in 1982 by Jeff Silbar and Larry Henley.[1]

The highest-charting version of the song to date was recorded in 1988 by singer and actress Bette Midler for the soundtrack to the film Beaches. This version was released as a single in early 1989, spent one week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart in June 1989, and won Grammy Awards for both Record of the Year and Song of the Year in February 1990. On October 24, 1991, Midler’s single was also certified Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America for shipment of one million copies in the United States. In 2004 Midler’s version finished at No. 44 in AFI’s 100 Years…100 Songs survey of top tunes in American cinema.

“Wind Beneath My Wings” has also been recorded by Kerry Ellis, Lee Greenwood, B.J. Thomas, Willie Nelson, Kenny Rogers, Sheena Easton, Patti LaBelle, Captain and Tennille, Joe Longthorne, Eddie and Gerald Levert, John Tesh, Judy Collins, Shirley Bassey, RyanDan, Israel Kamakawiwoʻole, Sonata Arctica, Chyi Yu, Perry Como, Sergio Franchi, Steven Houghton and Celine Dion, Nancy LaMott, the Mighty Clouds of Joy and R. Kelly. Paloma San Basilio (Spanish version “Gracias a ti”) Lou Rawls sang the song at the nationally-televised 50th Presidential Inaugural Gala on January 19, 1985, the day before the second inauguration of Ronald Reagan.

In a 2002 UK poll, “Wind Beneath My Wings” was found to be the most-played song at British funerals.[2]

Two Chord Types Theory by Rockmaster

Two Chord Types Theory reduces the number of chords that you need to learn in order to play your favorite songs.

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A Hero Lies In You

Play Piano Accompaniment for Hero by Mariah Carey Piano Chords and Tabs by Rockmaster

Cast Your Fears Aside And Play Piano Accompaniment for Hero by Mariah Carey

A Hero Lies In You

Listen and play along

Mariah Carey

Inspirational Songs

Rockmaster Songbook

A Hero Lies In You

Do You Really Want To Play The Piano?

Play the piano with limited time for practice

Do You Really Want To Play The Piano?

They say that it takes 10,000 hours of practice to become an expert at anything.

If you have the time, the desire and the discipline;  go for it. But if you have more modest goals (like just playing well), then you definitely want to look at the Rockmaster System.

Set your goals then identify the best way to reach those goals.

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Why Is Piano Accompaniment So Difficult?

Why is piano accompaniment so difficult ?
In theory it is quite a simple process.

There are seven notes in the scale.

You can form seven chords on those seven notes.

After you finger the first chord,                                         (I)
there are six other chords that you can change to.

You can move 1, 2 or 3 fingers up.                                     (VI  IV  II)

You can move 1, 2 or 3 fingers down.                                (III  V  VII)

And sometimes you can add a 4th finger.      (6th, 7th, 9th, 11th, 13th)

That looks quite simple. So why is it so difficult?

Of course you still need to train your fingers to make the moves.

And that comes with repetition (practice).

Stop playing the FOOL and go play the PIANO.

Piano Lesson 1