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July 19, 2011 7:56 PM Subscribe
Help learning pop music arrangement for piano?
posted by kanuck to media & arts (4 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
I have a decent, though dated classical piano background (~8 years as a child). I'd like to have some fun playing pop. Now, pretty much most of the pop sheet music I see looks like this: 3 staves (from top to bottom: 2 treble, 1 bass), with lyrics between the 2 treble staves and guitar chord tabs on top. How can I make this sound good, assuming I'm just playing solo piano and not singing along?
I'm guessing the intent is for the guitar to be playing the chords, the first treble staff is for the vocalist, and the piano plays the second treble + bass? If I just play the putative piano part, it sounds pretty empty. So I figure I need to do some kind of re-arrangement to make this sound good with just a piano and two hands -- somehow incorporate the vocal melody line and flesh it out with chords and fills. How can I learn to do this? Composition and arrangement is totally new to me, all my training was learning to play the notes on the page..
(I see folks putting recordings on youtube doing this sort of thing all the time and I am super jealous. Seems like they're usually figuring it out by ear too, which is a whole other skill I'm happy to work on later..)
I have a little bit of music theory training, but never got through harmony. I'm totally open to learning, but would appreciate specific guidance for what I'm trying to do here -- ie, learning to re-arrange relatively simple Western pop music.