Freestyle Piano Accompaniment for Vocal Solo

Freestyle is my favorite way to accompany vocalists.  To me, freestyle is playing by ear what I feel at the time without written music.  It takes years of practice… of course… to get to this point of playing 😉   Dad was the first person I ever accompanied in my early years of being church pianist.  He taught me accompaniment tips along the way such as “Follow the soloist”…a MUST for the church pianist.

I do play for soloists that prefer to follow me but I’m trying to help them feel more comfortable being the leader. After all…the church pianist is just the background support for the soloist.

Below, is a recent recording of me playing for my dad. Our parents were visiting with us this past week and Dad sang this solo in our church.

I love to accompany my dad!


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2 Responses to “Freestyle Piano Accompaniment for Vocal Solo”

  1. Fiona says:

    This brings back sweet memories of making music with my Dad. Thanks for sharing!I got goosebumps at the key change. A deceptive cadence at the end would have been nice, too. I’ve been experimenting with that since I love to accompany as well, and am liking the results. I’m a new reader to your blog and look forward to reading and hearing more. God bless!

  2. KK Taylor says:

    What a voice God has blessed your dad with. Your accompanying was beautiful as well. Thanks for sharing this.

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