But for now, I wanted to share a quick video of a black key improvisation from a recent piano lesson with one of my new students. This is only the third time we’ve tried an improvisation together, and each time I’ve noticed that Andelus instinctively creates a motif or theme that she uses throughout the improvisation, which is great because it creates a natural sense of unity for the composition! (Great job, Andelus!)
For this improvisation, the only discussion beforehand was “You may play any of the black keys,” and “Let’s make a happy, upbeat improvisation!” Enjoy!!
I have quite a few previous posts about improvisation….here’s a few to get you started if you are interested in reading more.
- Making Time for Improvisation — includes a description of the LH bass pattern I am using in the video above.
- Creativity in the Piano Lesson (Part 1) — a series of posts that discusses some of the discoveries I made while researching a writing a paper for a graduate level course last year.
- Improvisation Yields Creativity and Musical Understanding — a discussion of the benefits of improvisation which I saw in a specific student of mine about a year ago.