What you will learn from this article and the included free training videos
- How to analyse and memorize pop piano accompaniment pattern
- How to apply accompaniment pattern to any chord
- How to create a pop ballade piano accompaniment from lead sheet
You’ve Got A Friend is one of James’ Taylor’s greatest hits from the 70’s. The song is a wonderful pop ballade with a beautiful melody and great chord changes. I found this song to be ideal for teaching non-pianists how to play and create pop ballade style accompaniments, which can be used to accompaniment a singer or instrumentalist on the keyboard.
The accompaniment techniques and exercises explained here can easily be applied to many other songs, as long as you follow my method outlined in this article.
I recommend you first listen to the song in case you are not familiar with it.
View and download the piano accompaniment for the Verse here for free!
Note: Your goal should not be to memorize my accompaniment as a whole like a classical piece of music. Instead, I want you to examine each measure carefully in regards to it’s accompaniment pattern. This will help you to memorize each pattern in such a way that you can easily apply it to other pieces in any key.
Video I (below) shows you how to analyze an accompaniment pattern so you can use it with any chord. It also gives you some very useful practice tips.
Sorry, video I video will be available by April 3. For video II see below.
Below is training video II of the You’ve Got A Friend piano accompaniment training series. It show you how you can get creative with my accompaniment pattern. I applied the different pattern from bar 9, 11, and 13 to the first four bars of the piece.
Memorizing accompaniment pattern will help you create your own accompaniments from lead sheets and chord charts.
A word about the tempo. I performed the examples at a relatively slow tempo so you can better check out my fingering, and how the hands move. Feel free to speed up the tempo once you can comfortably play it at my tempo.