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i have a few beginner students. im suppose to learn them the basics of pop/soul/gospel/jazz piano. everyone seems to want to be able to be able to comp them selves when singing. anyone have any good tunes to give them? any suggestions on how to get them curious and getting people to do those boring excercises? i have played im sailing with most of them. im looking for similar tunes with a simple melody but maybe with something little that might challenge the technique as well.
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mstore,  

for what it's worth, plenty of yamaha keyboards have a list of pop, folk, blues and jazz tunes on which you can learn comping.  

i know mine has a few that any beginner could tackle, yet, the comping is almost always tasty, even on the simplest tunes.  

even cooler, you can transpose these at the touch of a button, so if you have a second keyboard, you can learn them in all the keys you want.
want to learn.  people are more likely to work on something things they like.  i have them make a wish list or burn a cd of tunes they want to learn.  i then listen for the tunes with the fewest chords and simplest forms and go from there.
you might want to take a look at this and see if you want to use it as a method for them..i'm working out of it a lot right now dealing with exactly what you're talking about-

https://www.musicnotes.com/sheetmusic/book.asp?ppn=bkhl220011
i learned by listening to billy joel, and later elton john.  in my opinion, if you can learn the basic comping to billy joel and elton john songs, you can apply that to most pop songs.  if they don't feel like or aren't up to transcribing it off the records, the pop piano book is a good start.  for comping along with jazz singing, i'd suggest ray charles, diana krall, and shirley horn maybe?
diana krall is good also for developing solos right along with the comping.  of course there is her excellent voice as well.
she is a total package.
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