Playing a minimum chord pattern under a soloist is a TRAINED SKILL! This is the definition of Accompanying also known as “COMPING”.

In this exercise – we will explore these minimum requirements to successfully learn the techniques, styles, and methods of accompanying any soloist – vocalist, other instrument, or another accordionist.

We will start out reinforcing your chord knowledge. And then we will gradually move you into more and more complicated patterns and progressions.

Knowledge of your chord structures is critical. Chords are the CORE to all Music! Song Structure, chord progressions, and even melody lines are based on chords. One simple way to provide harmony to a melody line is to just add chords. The notes of each chord can be played all at once (block chords), or they can be played one at a time (broken or rolling chords) with movement to the next chord change done with scales.

There are very advanced chord progressions that jazz musicians perform – we WILL NOT BE GETTING into those just yet. This exercise is designed for the Intermediate musician with a core knowledge of reading and performing music and whom have the desire to play with other musicians – in the accompaniment role.

Link – Chord Chart for ALL KEYS

Link – HOW TO USE-Chord Chart All Keys

  1. Print Chord Chart – Then Read the How to USE link above
  2. Great chord structure and understanding of the chords that appear within a song
  3. Now Practice the exercise for Blocking these chords

Link – Blocking for Comping (4/4 time)  AND Link – Blocking for Comping 3:4 (3/4 time)

CHALLENGE: Pick one of your simple songs – and PLAY CHORDS ONLY – using these examples of rhythm and style.

Great Songs to Practice block chord accompaniment with”

When the Saints

Julida PolkaChorus w_words

Puff the Magic Dragon