Today begins the first day I go through my list of terms in my book to explain them in greater detail. I’m going to *try* to do this weekly, but go easy on me because I might not actually do that. First up: Accompaniment! What is it, when do you need it, and why do you need to know it?
What is Accompaniment?
The accompaniment is basically the “backup” to the singer or soloist. A guitar solo could also have an accompaniment. The other two girls in Destiny’s Child were pretty much accompaniment. Anything that isn’t the solo and assists the lead is the accompaniment.
The guy playing the banjo is a solo right now, but if you were to step in front of him and sing, he would now be your accompanist. If you were to bust out an accordion and play background chords while he did a solo, you would then be the accompanist.
When do I need accompaniment?
Pretty much any time you have a song you need background music for. Unless you’re performing a capella, you’ll want some form of accompaniment to help bring the song to life.
Where can I get it?
You can hire someone to do it for you, or find tracks (like karaoke) online. It depends entirely on what you’re looking for! If you’re doing a cover song, you can find a ton of karaoke tracks on youtube or other places. If you want a more unique cover, you can hire an instrumentalist to work with you. If you’re doing an original, you’ll need musicians and a producer to bring it all together. You can hire us at Brain Stamp to do it for you. If you know someone who plays an instrument you can contact them! You’ll want someone who is experienced not just in playing an instrument, but in accompaniment as well. Make sure you ask!
Why do I need to know this?
I included this in my book because once I was contacted to provide “a melody” for a song, but the client actually wanted accompaniment. It took many emails to finally get to that mutual understanding, so I thought it was important to include in my list of terms. It’s totally okay to not know some of these (there are many musical terms, especially classical, that I don’t know that well). Hopefully these little blog explanations will make it easier!
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