Left Hand Rhythm Pattern For Ballads (1-5-1-2-3)

Accompaniment Pattern

In this video, I am showing a really nice left hand pattern that you can use with ballads — either as an accompaniment pattern, or to add some interest to the melody.

With the left hand, play the root of the chord, then the 5, then jump up to the next octave and play the 1, 2, and 3 of the scale of that chord (so, if it is a “C Chord”, play the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd notes of the C Scale).  Take a look to see what I mean by this:

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  1. Brown90
    3 years ago

    I send my children in a piano class because it’s a learning talents that truly amazing, I think, I need to mold him in an early age so that he can be the best of the best.


  2. Fatima Hipolito
    3 years ago

    Using left hand was really hard to do, but when you practice it, every rhyme you make are really nice and very clear.. Ni to see this page I got something Idea..


    • T.K. Goforth
      3 years ago

      Glad you got something from it, Fatima!


  3. Tracyann0312
    3 years ago

    Nice tutorial! I was just new to visit your site, and found more interesting topic about music. I wanted to learn different strategies in playing piano, but don’t have the opportunity to play the instrument because we do not have enough money to enroll music class. Thanks for the video, I really love to listen to the ballad music you did.


    • T.K. Goforth
      3 years ago

      Thanks for stopping by, Tracy Ann!


  4. Rochelle
    3 years ago

    This is awesome. I found your site looking for a ballad pattern for the verse of a song I’m writing (I’ll be trying the suspended chord, playing 2-3-5 and then the root), and this pattern is similar to the one I chose for the introduction of my song (1-5-1-3-5, moving up the keyboard). It’s also the pattern for one of my favorite songs to play. Beautiiful!


    • T.K. Goforth
      3 years ago

      Hi, Rochelle! Just saw this comment! Sorry! I’m glad the ballad pattern works for you! I do plan on posting more soon. Also, I’ve checked out your blog, and love that you are writing a poem every day! Is this a daily challenge? I also love Jesus, as I saw that you do on your ABOUT page. Please keep in touch! Let me know if you have any questions!

      T.K.

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