How to cover Coldplay and other Pop for Ambient Piano

Thursday, May 9, 2024 by Becky Reesor | Uncategorized

🥂 Weddings, cocktails or study vibes - this is what you need for a good ambient pop arrangement:

1️⃣ ALWAYS use a lead sheet. It’s just more efficient. Sheet music limits your imagination, chord charts require don’t have the melody.

2️⃣ FEEL the song vibe at a relaxed tempo to find a good rhythm groove. Use the chord chart to find a chord pattern that is SIMILAR to the original, but relaxed, groovy or smooth.

3️⃣ ADD 7ths, 9ths (2nds) & 11ths (4ths)! Colorful chord extensions soften the sound and add a dreamy quality. 

4️⃣ PLAY WITH MELODY. Change octaves strategically. Add lush harmony underneath when you want a big sound or just a simple single harmony note to be more subtle.

👉 Get coaching on your next piano cover arrangement. DM me or comment!