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Top 10 Ways To Improvise On The Piano

by Tania Gleaves on November 6, 2014

1. Use fake books. Fake books, as one of the top 10 ways to improvise on the piano, are gentle introductions to what could be interpreted as the Wild West of improvisation. Improvisation is largely based on freedom of expression. Without having a good foundation of the basics, beginners may feel intimidated by the possibilities. Fake books however contain music that provides opportunities of expression. Since it’s music lacks full notation, fake books allow the musician to fill in the missing parts with what *could* be there or what *should* be there without leaving *everything* up to the pianist.

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2. Make up your own songs. Making up your own songs really isn’t as easy as you might think. If you’ve been trained in the classics for example, you might find it difficult to break from instilled patterns. See if it helps to hum a random melody right off the top of your head at first. Then fill it in with interesting chords. You could probably fill up an entire album of improv this way!

3. Imagine how a master would play a song. Here, you can put your imagination to use and let your fingers tell the story. Ask yourself what Alicia Keys would play for a crowd — impromptu of course. Since her music is already a bit unconventional, your mind shouldn’t have too much trouble inventing new tunes for “her” (er… we mean, for you).

4. Improve a song with elements from your culture, the current holiday, etc. Every culture has it’s own unique set of chords and rhythms so why not incorporate them into the contemporary music that you play? This way, you can spice things up. You could for example, give the National Anthem an Brazilian spin or Italian twist.

5. Try to forget whatever you’ve learned about notes, intervals, scales, chords, and all the rest. Approach the piano as if you’ve never seen the thing before and you wonder what it does. Touch it’s keys and see if your random play generates any interesting tunes. If you should ‘accidentally’ discover a cool tune, melody, chord, or rhythm, build on it. Think of another section that would go well with the element that you just discovered. Keep following this pattern and you’ll have an entire song in no time.

6. Remember that when improvising, there are no mistakes. Okay, that’s not entirely true — but the idea is to break you from fearing improvisation. The thing that prevents a lot of us from even trying improvisation is our own fear.

7. Try different elements within a single song. Mix and mash different rhythms, octaves, dynamics, and more just to see what results. While you might not find anything appropriate for an entire song, you just might discover a unique passage that would fit well in an existing song.

8. While you’re experimenting, record your efforts. You can easily create a database of unique passages if you record your efforts into a sound database. Your database needn’t be anything fancy, as a simple file of wav files will suffice. Just remember to give your recordings descriptive names.

9. Chord it. Play a steady beat and a single chord with your right hand in other words, and use then use your left hand to decorate the chord with an interesting melody.

10. Try playing a song that you’ve committed to memory — only play it backwards. You’re sure to find some unique and creative passages using this method!

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How Popular Chord Progression Works – A Simple Guide

by Erik Thiede on October 21, 2014

What is a popular chord progression? Chord progressions are actually series of chords which are played one after the other to produce a harmonious tune. By now you have learned the different piano chords and may have memorized them a bit. The knowledge you have about chords will help you a lot in playing the piano. Here is the reason why…

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When you look at a music sheet, did you notice that there are certain chords that loop around the entire music piece? These chords follow the popular chord progression loop. They are said to be popular because you cannot only find them in one music sheet but also in other compositions. The only differences they have are the time signatures and the notes being played on the music sheet.

How are this popular chord progression written? They can be written in two ways. One is through the Roman numeral system and the other one is by the simple use of numbers. The basic chord progression is called the “three chord key” or “3-note triads” which is comprised of three chords that when played together, creates a harmonious melody.

The most basic and popular chord progression is I – IV – V or 1 – 4 – 5. Take the key of C for example, if it follows this chord progression, you will have C – F – G. After playing the third chord of the chord progression order, you will loop around and go back to the first chord. Sometimes one of these chords will be changed into a minor chord that hymns together with the major chords, other times some composers insert the minor chords instead of just changing one of the major chords.

I – IV – V can be changed into I – ii – V which stands for C – Dm – G. Notice the smaller Roman numerals are used to represent the minor chords such as the D minor. However, most composers use numbers instead of the roman numerals. An example for this is the 1 – 6 – 2 – 5 popular chord progression which represents C – Am – Dm – G7. Your guide in order to learn chord progression will always be your knowledge of the fifteen key signatures as well as the different piano chords that’s why it is so important for you to memorize those basics.

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The Many Benefits of Taking Piano Lessons Online

October 11, 2014

If you’ve ever wanted to play the piano but think that you don’t have time now that you are a working adult, think again! Piano lessons online make it easy to pick up your old hobby or learn a new one. When most of us think about taking piano lessons, we think about having a […]

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Chord Progressions – The Basic DNA of Music

October 1, 2014

Many things in life have a pattern. In music, we refer to those patterns as chord progressions. They are simply a sequence of chords that tends to repeat throughout the song. Have you ever noticed how easy it can be to learn a new song you hear on the radio? Sometimes it only takes hearing […]

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Seventh Piano Chords In It’s Many Forms

September 20, 2014

Seventh piano chords are just like the triad chords PLUS the 7th note in the scale. It’s used a lot in jazz, gospel and blues piano music. Just like with the triads, seventh piano chords can have several forms: Click Here To Get The Lowdown On Seventh Piano Chords! Dominant Seventh: Symbol: 7 The dominant […]

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Piano for Beginners – Different Ways of Learning

September 14, 2014

There is a bit of a mini-revolution going on in the world of piano teachers. And it all has to do with teaching piano for beginners. You see, there’s the old way of teaching piano. This way focuses on learning notes, learning to site read music, and learning where each individual note is on the […]

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Piano Chords – More Than Just a Group of Notes

August 14, 2014

At their most basic, piano chords are formed by playing three or more notes simultaneously. The combinations that result set the mood of a musical piece – happy, sad, powerful, soulful, etc. Historically, major chords have always evoked positive emotions while minor piano chords evoke the opposite. That’s a fairly simplistic observation, but it gives […]

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Beginner Piano Lessons

August 10, 2014

Welcome to what I believe is one of the easiest beginner piano lessons you will find anywhere. I’ve built this introduction to piano based on the experiences I’ve had successfully teaching countless others. My method is to keep it simple, make everything make sense, and move at a pace that keeps things interesting. When you […]

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Extended Piano Chords

June 22, 2014

As the name suggest, extended piano chords extend beyond the range of the major scale. Recall that chords are created with respect to there corresponding scales. For example, the major scale of “G” has this 8-note sequence: G,A,B,C,D,E,F#,G. Chords that require notes beyond the 8th note (e.g. the last “G”) are extended piano chords. The […]

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The Piano Chord – Making Sense of This Versatile Music Concept

June 21, 2014

The first key to remember when trying to make sense of the piano chord is that they’re based on…you guessed it…piano scales! In our examples, we will use the key of “C” but the formula applies to all keys. Remember that the major piano scale for the key of C is C,D,E,F,G,A,B,C – where the […]

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