Welcome to the (great-big but maybe not-so-big) topic called, "orchestration."
This is where you think about the actual "setting"
for your "solo (sic ...)
piano part." And it is also where you realize that, in every single "solo piano" recording that you have ever heard, the piano was never
actually "solo."Start here
: begin with some recording, already familiar to you, that "you think" is representative of "what you are thinking about for your song." Now, "listen to it
Although the makers of musical orchestrations try very hard to "dovetail" the pieces seamlessly together, a "string crescendo" might consist of several players playing together, or it might simply consist of a synthetic "pad." But, it probably consists of a melody that is parallel
, somehow, to the thing that it accompanies.
Nonetheless, in each of the recordings that you've just selected, these secrets are all laid bare. They can't hide any secrets from you. Listen, listen, listen again ... closely.
, exactly," that "crescendo?" More instruments? Higher frequency? More tempo? A classic "swoop?"But Also
... "if what you're really looking for right now is a short cut,
instead of a college lesson" ... study the Loops
. (There are thousands of them, but thoughtfully categorized.) Whether or not you find a loop ... or a "swoop" ... that you can "drop in," you're quite certain to find inspiration ... or perhaps a MIDI-loop that you can actually tweak. If it's at all possible for you to "steal" something instead of "creating" it, go for the (legal) "steal."