Watch the full video tutorial here.
With the assistance of your left hand, let your keyboard do all of the hard work for you as it fills out your melodies with a full keyboard accompaniment (a full backing band). All you need is a lead sheet and your keyboard's instruction manual to work out which buttons to press.
A lead sheet is piece of written music that has the tune (melody) of the song written out for the right hand on the treble staff and chord symbols placed above some of these notes to indicate the chords that need to be played with the left hand. These chords accompany the melody to provide the harmony that gives the music a fuller sound. You have been focusing on the melody line – now let’s look at the chord line.
If we look at Unnamed Melody 4 we now have chord symbols written above the melody.
The chord symbols are written as capital letters and sometimes have other letters and numbers written after them. In this song there are capital letters only. This mean that you need to play the major chords of these notes. When there is capital C – you need to play a C major chord on that beat with your left hand and when there is an F written above a note you need to change your left hand bass chord to an F major chord on that beat and so on.
Playing with Keyboard Accompaniment
The demonstration instrument has a button labelled "accompaniment" and when this is pressed and keys are played with the left hand on the lower section of the instrument (within the accompaniment range) the backing track becomes that of a full band rather than just a drummer. This adds a lot of fullness to the sound.
Major chords are played on the demonstration instrument by simply playing the main note (or root note) of the chord in the keyboard's accompaniment range. For a C major chord the C key is all that needs to be played. For an F major chord, the F key is all that needs to be played and so on. Check your instruction manual for your keyboard's specific information regarding which buttons you need to press to engage your full keyboard accompaniment and which keys you need to play in order for major chords to sound.
Your Left Hand
Now that your left hand is getting busy, let's have a look at finger numbering. Your left hand fingers and thumb are numbered as follows:
Unnamed Melody 4 - with Keyboard Accompaniment
Follow this process to progress from playing your Unnamed Melody 4 with a backing rhythm to performance level with a full keyboard accompaniment:
Step-by-Step from Hands together to Performance
OK – I’ve done my playing – now over to you.
Happy playing, from Joanne