Accompanying A Gospel Singer
In this lesson we will learn how to accompany a gospel singer for a solo. When accompanying a singer we must give the vocalist the foundations to rest their vocals upon.
Filling In The Gaps
An important part of accompanying a singer is to fill in the gaps with fills and embellishments whilst the singer is resting or whilst the melody is static. For fills and embellishments we can use single note melodies, block chords, octaves, blues scales, and arpeggios. Study the fills from the performances and incorporate these into your own accompaniments.
This tutorial contains 3 performances and each one is slightly different in the style of the accompaniment and the support that it gives the vocalist.
For the first performance the singer leads and the piano follows. The piano stays away from the melody completely and we give the singer complete control of the pace of the song.
For the second performance the singer is pushed a little harder by the accompaniment and the singer pushes back a little harder. We use leading tones to signal upcoming chord changes to guide the singer through the song.
For the final performance we play some some of the melody with the singer. This is done prior to the singer hitting the melody note in order to push her forward, and also after the singer hits the melody note to pull her back.
Opening Performance Transcript File Type: pdf
Vocal Piano Performance 2 File Type: pdf
Vocal Piano Performance 3 File Type: pdf
Final Performance Transcript File Type: pdf