Rock/indie piano for a jazz musician?
December 6, 2013 2:04 PM Subscribe
I'm playing for a wedding in a few days and I've just been giving the song requests, one of them is Jason Mraz "I won't give up". I'm not really proficient in how to take something like this and give it a nice (in the style of the song) piano treatment.
posted by snowymorninblues to Media & Arts (4 answers total)
My background is really jazz and swing - so I can listen and figure out something to play and I've got the sheet music as a guide, but I'm not crazy about what I'm doing. I know to stay clear of dominants, etc. unless they are really there in the music, etc. I assume that if I did play this style of music regularly I would have some idioms in my pocket to rely on. I'm think bass lines and upper register fills, arpeggios that don't really sound like arpeggios, etc. Can you point me to something/someone to listen to/watch? Assume I've got the chords, etc. figured out, and I'm working to replicate the various rhythmic things I'm hearing in the recording. I'm looking for help finessing it, right now I feel what I'm playing sounds kind of lame.
(I'll be accompanying a vocalist, so I don't want to get too busy, but I'd like to have a nice strong foundation for her as the song builds. I've looked online at various piano covers of the song, but I didn't hear quite what I was looking for. ) Thanks!