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Instrument to accompany drums
#2613237 02/10/17 11:46 AM
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Hi everybody!
Me (piano) and my friend (drums), thought about
playing together for a while now.
The problem is that I mostly play classical music and
overall think a piano drum combination doesn't quite
appeal to others confused
I'm quite interested in bass but wouldn't there be a lack of melody?
What do you think of piano and drums?
What'd you suggest as an (easy to pick up) instrument that suits drums?

Thank you for your time,
Emily

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Re: Instrument to accompany drums
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I assume you're talking about drumkit drums, not hand drums.

There used to be a "drum-and-bass" genre -- See here:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Drum_and_bass

I don't know if it's still popular, or not.

I'm sure you could find both "bass and piano" and "drum and piano" jazz ensemble recordings, if you look around.

Another question:

. . . Do you play bass (or guitar) ?

It looks really easy, but I suspect it's harder than it looks.

EDIT --

In a thread started by "iamanders", I just posted this link to a list of piano-and-bass suggestions:

https://www.talkbass.com/threads/good-bass-and-piano-songs.819947/

Have fun!




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Re: Instrument to accompany drums
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To be honest, I really can't think of a two-instrument combo, where one of the instruments is a drum kit, that would work well. I'd recommend finding a bass track to play through a speaker. A program called IReal Pro has thousands of tunes with bass, piano and drums, and you can silence any of those instruments. So you could turn off the piano and drums and voila, you've got a bass track. You put the program on your phone, and then need to hook your phone up to a speaker.

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Hi Emily,

It can be done, but you have to be comfortable playing solo jazz piano first. In other words, your L.H. has to do all the bass (foundation) work during the song, otherwise it starts to sound hollow.

One of the positives I can think of just having Piano & Drums is that the drummer fills in the rhythmic gaps of the R.H., making the song more continuous sounding, moving in a more forward direction.

Here's a couple of good Keyboard/Drums only examples. The first is Latin-style playing, with the L.H. hitting the bass note in octaves and then quickly alternating with a rootless jazz voicing in the middle of the piano:



The next one is a more traditional swing jazz setting, although played on a jazz organ. However, all the techniques would directly transfer to acoustic piano. The L.H. here is pretty much the 'bass player', laying down the foundation or bottom of the tune, while the R.H. has the job of playing melody mostly in the upper fingers (3-4-5, maybe 2) and then stabbing 3rds,7ths,9ths,etc in the lower fingers (1-2-,maybe 3) to fill in the harmony (chords) for the tune:



Good luck with your Duo!
-Erich

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Emily Thorn #2613462 02/11/17 08:41 AM
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Emily, do you by chance have a digital piano?
If so, then you might want to discover the Jazz Organ sounds which are usually built in. You could enter your new world of music (playing in a band - drums and keys is already a band wink ) by leaving the classical music played with classical piano sound, and discover new music by a new sound.

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Originally Posted by Emily Thorn
Hi everybody!
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I'm quite interested in bass but wouldn't there be a lack of melody?

Hi,
you (piano) would carry the melody in this case.

"What do you think of piano and drums?"

Piano and Drums is fine. Piano and Bass is fine. Piano, Bass and Drums is classic.

"What'd you suggest as an (easy to pick up) instrument that suits drums?"

If forming an ensemble, then any multi-note instrument will work great with drums. So guitar just as well as piano. Actually any instrument will too, but will be hallow single note until something multi-note or more players are added.

In the case of guitar and drums, the guitar would have the melody. Piano, Guitar and Drums is nice. Someone could also sing. Now you have choice of who has melody.

You need something multi-note (Piano - that's us cool) or lots of players to make up the harmony. If no singer, some instrumentation will always have the melody. Except the Drums smile.

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Emily Thorn #2613594 02/11/17 04:54 PM
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Hey there,
thanks for your replies smile
I researched quite a bit and think we'll stick to
piano and drums. I'm quite keen on mixing classical piano with drums haha
Until we meet some people who are interested in joining us of course.
One quite big advantage is that we both own digital versions of our instruments,
so we could actually play around with a digital workstation and add other
instruments (until we meet people who play them).
I think I'll talk some friends of mine into picking up the guitar smile

It's quite hard to find piano and drums on youtube (not quite a jazz fan I'm sorry)
but, I found some and I really like how the drums don't steal any parts from the
piano so I won't end only playing the melody smile

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