Less Simple Contra Dance Piano
|May 22nd, 2019|
|contra, music, simple contra dance piano|
The idea is, you play a bass note with your left pinky on the downbeat, and the bass note an octave up from there on the upbeat: example.
You can wander around with this pattern, to make it more interesting: wandering.
The left hand is effectively doing what both of your hands do in the "boom chuck" style, freeing your right hand up to do whatever you want: adding the right hand.
You can also play the rocking slower: slower. Or you can play in 6/8, for jigs: jig time.
Then there's the right hand. The main thing I do now is arpeggiated and synchopated stuff: example, or smoother example.
Other times I'll do simple chords and hold them over a rocking bass: example.
Of course I'll also do a lot of other things, but if I were writing something now I would start with ideas like this.
(And a lot of my playing is also now built around being able to pull back a little on the piano and have foot drums carry the rhythm, but that's another post.)
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