Simple Worship Intros on the Piano
The leader points at you and asks you to play an intro. No big deal right? What if it's a new song and you don't know the melody? Then, you look down and all you have is a chord/lyric sheet that does not tell you much information. YIKES!!! Here are a few tricks to help you on your way.
We got an email asking how to create an introduction for a song during worship service with only text and chords. This is a common problem for accompanists. Knowing how to create generic introductions is so helpful in these situations, especially if you haven’t ever heard the song before. The best way to do this is to do what the guitarists do; they pick a chord and strum it. This is called vamping and here are three different ways to do it.
1. The first thing to do is just play the chord over and over again. This might seem monotonous, but doing a few measures is perfect for an intro. You can also do this softly while someone is speaking or praying, then they can come in whenever they want to. Just find that one chord and vamp it.
2. The second way to vamp is use a chord progression. Do this by taking the first chord, which could be a G, then move to E minor, then back to C and then D, then play the original G chord. Just keep playing through this chord progression and vamp the chords.
3. If you are more advanced, you can throw in a fancy fill. Just play the three-note chord and throw in a fill every now and then. This will change it up enough that you don’t feel bored playing the one chord continually.
Hopefully these three options will help guide you on creating introductions without one written in music. No need to stress it, just keep it simple. Read the comments below for other ideas from our readers and students.