“Believe you can and your halfway there.” – Theodore Roosevelt


Published: May 26, 2019  |   Category: Inspiration

There is so much more to Accompaniment I than just accompaniment! If "scale" is the skeleton of music, then chords are the "meat." Chords are where everything begins so a thorough understanding of chords opens the doors to improvisation and composition, enables students to interpret any piece of music (such as how the treble and bass clef are related and the musical the progression of the piece). 


Students who learn the chords actually learn what notes belong together (scale). For example, if you learn the I-IV-V of any key, you know what notes belong in that note family. If you play the I chord in the key of D, then the IV and V and name the notes, you now know what notes are played in the key of D Major. Pretty cool--and totally painless.


When students object to Accompaniment, I let them know that knowing chords is going to have a huge impact on their ability to play music, understand music, read music, improvise and compose in addition to knowing how to sightread chords and play with others. Without exception, when I explain my position and the benefits, students get on board. I've had some students that don't especially enjoy accompaniment, so this where it is critical to provide a singing voice or even better, an opportunity to play with a band.

Finally, knowing chords really aids in improvisation... I love having students discover a chord progression and build pieces or improvise on it. It is such a key to successful improv and comp.



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