"Autumn Leaves" Free Ballad Play-A-Long
This play-a-long track is sung "freely" without a steady tempo. This exercise trains us to follow the lead of the singer and support the vocalist in any direction they take.
Memorise The Lyrics & Changes
The accompany a singer effectively, it’s important that we are familiar with the lyrics, the contours of the melody, and where the lyrics fall in relation to the underlying chord changes.
It’s common for the singer to displace the lyrics, either by holding back, or anticipating the melody.
As the accompanist, it’s important to recognise this and provide a solid harmonic foundation and fill in the space with tasteful harmonic and melodic fills.