Accompaniment

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Christmas Accompaniments & Jam Tracks

It’s that time of year again! For any who are interested, here are some Christmas carol accompaniments your students may enjoy: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1h2_ESkaNjVRvo4Gtq7369DeIkTb_P5d8 And some orchestral jam tracks for them to play along with: https://soundcloud.com/user-559128116/sets/christmas-carol-jam-tracks/s-3AN2wGfDdXT I’ll be adding to the jam tracks every couple of days.…

6th Chord Fingering

I’m working my way through the Chord Drill supplemental program. I’m learning the +6 chords. I’m wondering which fingers to use for the C6 chord. I see conflicting info in the random internet searches I do. Is there an official Simply Music way to do…

Happy Birthday in Any Key

A teacher asks if Happy Birthday is in the Curriculum. Neil Moore teaches how to play it in any key. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xna4kPYHIHQ Original video posted March 27, 2017

Roman Numerals for Amazing Grace Variation 2

I have a question about the Amazing Grace Variation from book two. How would you write the last line in I IV V format – from the vi, then F/D, F/G, and Fm. You wouldn’t write IV/2nd would you? Is it IV/6th? There are several…

Happy Birthday Supplement Materials

In the Happy Birthday materials Mark S. Meritt do you have a Chord sheet for your variation with the split chords, etc? I didn’t see one unless there’s just the audio. Just like with the original Foundation 2 materials for the Amazing Grace Variation, a…

Diminished 7th Chord

I was helping a student with a chord in her accompaniment project today that was F#dim7. The way we figured it out it looks like an FM7. Is there a reason it would be written specifically as a dim chord? The previous chord was F…

Accompaniment 2 Transposing

I have an Acc. 2 question, the transposing section. I’ve recently rewatched the TT video and looked at the pdf document for Acc 2. The video just talks about the advantages of learning to transpose and about the process, but not really about the project…

Chord Fingering

What about fingering for chords? Sometimes my new students want to play the basic chords with 1, 2, and 5 instead of 1, 3, and 5. I have been trying to get them to do 1, 3, and 5… But maybe it doesn’t matter. Marsha,…

Lowercase Roman Numeral Chords

In Accompaniment 2 (Scale Tone Chords and Transposition), Why doesn’t Neil use or mention the fairly standard nomenclature of scale degrees where the Roman numeral is capitalized when MAJOR or lower case when minor (I ii iii IV V vi vii)? He says that the…

Complex Chords Beyond Accompaniment 1

First, how do you teach all the complex chords beyond the last Danny Boy piece in Accompaniment Book 1? Do you choose other lead sheets? Work on exercises with the other chords? Second, after Accompaniment Book 1, when is a student ready for Accompaniment Level…