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!