"Summertime" Medium Tempo Play-A-Long
Practice your singer accompaniment skills by accompanying Lyndol on the tune "Summertime".
Bass & Drums Backing Track
This backing track features bass and drums which frees up our left hand and gives us the opportunity to practice rootless voicings.
Check out the ballad vocal backing track for "Summertime" which is just recorded with a metronome click and no bass. When the bass player is not present we should include the roots in our voicings to establish the basis of the harmony.
Vocal Section, Solo Section, & Scat Section
The backing track repeats 6 times through the form. Lyndol sings twice through the form, then you have the opportunity to solo twice through the form. Lyndol then takes a ‘scat solo’ for once through the form and then the final time through with the lyrics.
Identify the places in the form where the melody breaks or rests.
As the accompanist, it's our role to fill in this space with harmonic and melodic fills including.
Remember that you can utilise all of the registers of the piano.
- The fills and harmonic support should complement the singer and not conflict with, or overpower the vocals.