Popular Piano Accompaniment Styles | HDpiano


Hey everybody, this is Devon with HDpiano.com And now that I’ve taught close to 100 lessons in HD piano catalog I can safely say that not all piano parts are created equal Certainly some are more difficult than others But while there are those that might be reserved for our more advanced users Countless others draw from the same tried and true techniques of piano accompaniment So in this video I’m gonna break that down for you guys, and show you some of the most common patterns that I’ve discovered after dissecting hundreds of popular tunes Alright, so we’re gonna keep it simple A handful of basic chords in the key of C major or the relative A minor But pay attention to the chord symbols because with just a little extra knowledge of theory and harmony any of these songs can be transposed to another key, but we’ll get to that some other time Piano is considered to be part of the rhythm section So it’s no surprise that it can provide a percussive backdrop when played short and in a high register Played over a 4/4 groove This technique can be found in hip-hop to contemporary pop And despite being rhythmically straight it often hints at this kind of underlying swing feel So all you need are a few triads in your right hand and you can play along to Katy Perry. This is her song “Roar” Or Dr. Dre Just roll those chords a bit, just A minor to E minor Or ♫Mama said that it was okay♫ ♫Mama said that it was quite all right♫ “Mama Said” by Lucas Grant We add a little pedal and change the pattern we get “Empire State of Mind” Change our groove to 6/8, we get that classic soul sound It can be found in everything from Etta James “At Last” to Meghan Trainor’s “Like I’m Gonna Lose You” ♫So I’m gonna love you♫ ♫Like I’m gonna lose you♫ ♫I’m gonna hold you♫ ♫Like I’m saying goodbye♫ ♫I’ve heard there was a secret chord♫ ♫That David played and it pleased the Lord♫ “Hallelujah” by Leonard Cohen is also in the 6/8 field We’ll just simplify that piano part, just play the chords But we don’t feel like playing every note together, you know right here, we can arpeggiate like this That way we can kind of lament over the chords and really feel like we experience each chord tone on their own This technique can be found everywhere from Beethoven’s “Moonlight Sonata” to Bruno Mars’ most desperate song, “Grenade” 1, 2, 3 ,4 Just D minor to A minor, with downward arpeggios ♫Easy come, easy go♫ Or “Set Fire to the Rain” by Adele ♫To the rain, watch it burn♫ Or “How to Save a Life” by The Fray “The Luckiest” by Ben Folds Or “Faded” by Allen Walker This time the left hand takes care of the arpeggiation When we want to make one note jealous of the others I recommend this technique, which alternates between a single note and a pair of notes, in a triad That way we still get the thickness of the chord, we get that motion of the interchanging notes This technique can be found anywhere from The Beatles’ “Let It Be” To ♫All my friends are heathens, take it slow♫ “Heathens” by Twenty One Pilots Or another one of their songs called “Stressed Out” I know we have a lot of Twenty One Pilots fans with us here at HD Piano Now let’s see, what else ♫Same bed but it feels just a little bit bigger now♫ “When I Was Your Man” by Bruno Mars Or “Home Sweet Home” by the Mötley Crüe Sometimes all you need is a healthy dose of pop punchy quarter notes, the right hand Over a fat syncopated bass line, and left hand Countless artists have piano-driven hit songs featuring this technique This is “Cold as Ice” by Foreigner You’re gonna recognize this next one “Love Song” by Sara Bareilles One more time “I’m All Over It” by Jamie Cullum Or “Haven’t Met You Yet” by Michael Bublé “Short People” by Randy Newman You’ll hear me talking a lot about the pop clave in many of my tutorials That’s because it’s just such a common rhythm in music these days Ed Sheeran, Sia. You name it If it’s on the mainstream radio it probably features the pop clave It’s a rhythm that gets its origins from reggaeton You can play it in both hands like this Or simplify and just hold out the left hand and play the pop clave in the right hand This is “Shape of You” ♫Come on, come on, turn the radio on♫ “Cheap Thrills” by Sia And here’s “Let Me love You” by Justin Bieber & DJ Snake ♫Ooh, ooh
Ooh, ooh♫ But you don’t need a rhythmic piano part to write a hit song Just whole notes and half notes will do, you let the drums do the rest This is “Sorry” by Justin Bieber It just uses F major, A minor, and G You speed it up a little bit, we get “Can’t Feel My Face” by The Weeknd Same three chords in just a slightly different order ♫She told me, don’t worry about it♫ ♫She told me, don’t worry no more♫ Or starting on C Major “Can’t Stop the Feeling!” by Justin Timberlake C major, A minor, and F ♫Inside my bones, it goes electric♫ Right? Or at a baseline you get “Forget You” by CeeLo Green ♫I see you driving ’round town with the girl I love and I’m like, Forget you!♫ Well that’s all we have time for in this video but I hope it gives you an idea of just how many songs draw from the same tried and true techniques of piano accompaniment It really is a beautiful instrument and there are hundreds, if not thousands of songs waiting to be played that are a lot more approachable than you might think So head on over to HDpiano.com, the home of the hybrid piano lesson and see what we have in store This is Devon. Thank you for watching

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