Improvisation can be fun and beneficial

Improvisation can be a scary thing especially when you’ve never done it before.

The idea of creating music that is not read from a music sheet can be seen as a daunting task, but it does not have to be that way. Start with simple patterns (i.e., one hand on the piano). Then as you get more comfortable playing that pattern you’ve been working on, try to be adventurous and explore what you like and don’t like by trail-and-error. Add more notes. Take away notes. Change the pattern slightly or add other music elements until you come up with something that is completely original and yours! The more you improvise, the more it will become more natural, especially if you come from a note-reading background. Remember that there is no right or wrong. Since it is not written down and you’re the one creating the piece, it can be forever changing and evolving.

Improvisation is a great way to develop interest in music. It allows you to work in a lot of different musical elements and concepts. By that same token, a lot of these musical foundations and concepts can also be taught through the art of improvisation. By doing so, you’re already playing and creating music while learning, which is more engaging and fun.

Improvisation also allows and encourages the player to be creative and more in tuned to what they are playing. By removing the music sheet, you are more free to self express and feel more connected to the music you’re playing.

Improvisation can be accomplished in the following ways:

  • By building upon simple patterns
  • By starting from scratch, based on a couple of notes or chords you like
  • By using a familiar tune you know as a building block to what you want to create and change

The following youtube links are two examples of improvised pieces created by one of our piano instructors, Jerry:




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