Piano Improvisation
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4 Steps to Learning How to Play Any Song on the Piano

1. Determining the melody - Melodies determine what chords will be played. If you can use your ear to figure out what notes are being played in the melody, you are 1/4 on your way to learning a song! More resources on learning how to determine melodies

2.Harmonizing the melody - Once you have figured out the melody (using some of my techniques on the resource page), it is time to harmonize it. This is simply choosing various chords to accompany the melody. There are several techniques and tricks to doing this. More resources on learning how to harmonize melodies

3. Altering Chords - This is the best part! Now that you have strategically figured out the melody to a song and have harmonized it, altering your chords to produce certain sounds is the next step. If you were playing gospel music, you would alter your chords differently than if you were playing classical or country music. More resources on altering chords

4. Listening - After you have determined the melody, harmonized the melody, and altered some of your chords, there are various techniques you can use to make sure that your song sounds right. More resources on listening techniques

I personally recommend "The Secrets to Playing Piano By Ear" 300-pg Course and through my relationship with Jermaine (the author of this course), I've been able to get him to throw in a few bonus items (3 additional piano software programs). He has taught literally thousands of musicians how to play the piano by ear. If you understood just half of what he discussed above, you'll definitely benefit from his 300-pg course. Click here to learn the secrets to playing absolutely any song on the piano in virtually minutes! I highly recommend it.

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Piano Improvisation starts here!

Have you ever thought: “How excellent would it be to  sit at a piano and play any melody that comes into my mind – without any notes?”

Or: What do I do when my band wants me to take a Piano Solo?

Piano improvisation, is the  art of spontaneously playing melodies on the piano at the spur of the moment.

You may think it is domain of few very creative, experienced, and gifted musicians and thus unreachable for hobbist musicians or beginners. However......

I believe if  you read on and go through some of the suggestion contained in these lessons that you or anyone can begin to learn this awesome skill.

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Just a beginner?

That may actually be an advantage! Many classically trained sight readers have difficulty with the concept of playing something not written on the page.

Beginners have no bad habits, no limiting beliefs about what is possible.

To learn piano improvisation, sight-reading skill is unnecessary beyond the ability to follow a treble clef melody.

Many professional piano players are not good sight-readers. They just don’t need to be.

Successful piano players know the key to  improvisation is developing the connection between the brain and hands.


Once you develop that brain/hand connection your creativity can kick in and use you musical vocabulary that has already been learned and stored as muscle memory.

You can add to your musical vocabulary by working regularly on two things, the scales from which the chords of a tune are derived, and knowing effective chord voicings that sound good.

Although the more comfortable you get with piano exercises (chords and scales) the more creative freedom you will feel, you don't have to wait to begin to improvise on piano. I recommend you start right now!



The Benefits of  Improvisation:

Scientists have discovered by monitoring the brains of individuals who were involved in the creative process of generating melodies and rhythms that several  brain regions became highly activated especially one responsible for self expression.

Improvising also deactivated areas of the brain responsible for self -monitoring and area that would cause you to be distracted by external and irrelevant stimuli.

This means that the activity of improvisation is accompanied by a mental state of high, meditative concentration, where internal and external supervising processes are partly muted, permitting musical self expression.


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Scientific investigation shows, that – independent of the age of the player – the brain begins to rewire itself after only a few weeks of improvisation practice at the piano.

And apart from this, there is a growing number of studies showing music making has a positive effect on the brain’s activities as it ages.



With a daily practice of free and creative piano playing, you could:


1. Create moments of relaxation, joy, and satisfaction,

2. Forget the stress of your work, and maybe even be more creative in your job, and

3. Train your creativity and start freely playing music with your friends.


With the proper technique for fingering chord and scale patterns,  improvisation is actually much simpler you may think.

Whether you wish to play a jazz solo, a New Age composition, or a variation on a popular song melody or rock tune, a piano improvisation is merely a series of notes drawn from a musical scale that is already predetermined by the chords of the tune.

Additional Resources.

For more help woth improvisation on the piano you may want to check out the lessons below and check back often as new helpful lessons are added regularly.

The pentatonic scale.

Learn about this widely used improvisation scale and add a new dimension to you playing by clicking the link below

Learn the pentatonic scales and how to use them!

The Minor Pentatonic Scale.

Like the major pentatonic scale. the minor pentatonic is extremly useful when improvising. See video and learn by clicking the link below.

learn the Minor Pentatonic Scale

Pentatonic Scale Patterns.

Check out this great lesson on how to use basic piano pentatonic scale patterns to create interesting melodies and sols on keyboards.

Pentatonic Scale Patterns for Piano


The Blues Scale.

This lesson on the basic blues scale will give you the basic scale formula to be able to improvise over blues, rock, country and jazz songs. Clink the link below to begin.

Learn the Blues Scale here...

Jazz Piano Improvisation.

This lesson uses the Jazz standard "There will never be another you" to teach using scales, chord  tones and chord substitutions to help you Improvise Jazz Piano Click the link below to begin.

Jazz Piano Improvisation

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Best Home Study for "Ear Players"

After checking out dozens of home study courses that teach you to play by ear and focus on chord progressions I am convinced that the folks at Hear and Play have the best, most well rounded program available for just about all styles of music from Gospel to Jazz. Read my review or visit Hear and Play for more information.

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