Vocal Accompaniment Course
“How To Accompany Singers” is a vocal accompaniment course taught by Lyndol Descant – singer, jazz pianist, and composer based in Brooklyn, NYC.Buy This Course — $99
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“How To Accompany Singers” is a vocal accompaniment taught by Lyndol Descant – a singer, jazz pianist, and composer – based out of Brooklyn, NYC. Lyndol shares a wealth of insight from her extensive musical education and also from her experience performing on the NYC jazz scene.
This course will teach you:
— How to work with singers to achieve their best performance.
— What chords and voicings to play underneath a singer.
— When (and when not!) to play the melody.
— How to start and end the tune when working with vocalists.
— How to take a solo, and how to accompany a singer’s scat solo!
— How to transpose songs to find the right key for every voice.
— Exercises and drills to develop your ability to sing and play.
Jazz Standard Singing Tutorials
The theory and concepts are applied to the famous tunes "Autumn Leaves", and "Summertime". Learn to sing and play over these classic jazz standards.
A Unique Insight Into Vocal Accompaniment
Lyndol gives a rare and unique insight into the art of accompaniment from the perspective of both the singer and the jazz pianist. To create this course, we were specifically looking for a teacher who could sing and play jazz piano. Lyndol is a master at both of these arts.
Whether you sing and play yourself, or if you want to learn to accompany others, this step-by-step course is packed with actionable tips and insight to take you to the next level.
Learn To Sing & Play With Lyndol
If you aspire to sing and play yourself, check out Lyndol’s course on "How to Sing & Play" which provides a number of vocal drills and exercises to help you develop your voice and your abilities as a singing pianist.
We outline the expectations of you as an accompanist and provide tips on working with singers to help them achieve their best performance.
We explore the key elements of an effective accompaniment. We will discuss your role in terms of the melody, the harmony, and the bass.
Welcome to this lesson on adding fills when accompanying singers. We will discuss the different accompaniment techniques when playing with singers.
In this lesson, we discuss a number of important considerations when soloing with a singer. We then cover the most common ways of ending the tune.
Transposition is the process of taking a tune in a certain key such as Amin and transposing, or changing it to another key, such as Cmin.
"Summertime" is a favorite song amongst both singers and players. The form is nice and simple, and the lyrics are fantastic... particularly the 2nd verse.
In part 2 of this tutorial, we will introduce extended and altered chord voicings to create a richer and more sophisticated accompaniment.
Practice accompanying Lyndol on the tune "Autumn Leaves". The track has 3 repeats giving you an opportunity to solo over the chord changes.
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 vocals.
Play along with Lyndol voice over the tune "Summertime". This is a slow version with a ballad feel where Lyndol sings the tune at 80bpm.
Identify places in the form where the melody rests. As the accompanist, it's our role to fill in this space with harmonic & melodic support.