Perhaps they learned the basics of hymn playing, and picked up a run or two, but that is all. Unfortunately, one cannot discuss one without referencing the other, so there will be some overlapping in the next few sections. This week we’ll get in to the very foundation of how to improvise. All steps as played plus the more technically dressed up version that I played at the end; The audio-only file for when you want to learn on the go (“listen to learn” is golden, as Piano Hackers know) OGet all that and the video download included with the tutorial pack. In these next few sections, I hope to “teach you to fish” for your own runs and fills. Fill-ins are always meant to be softer than the melody to avoid distraction of the message. (to fill it up, you could play full chords with left, or, if that’s too tricky, just keep playing the roots). A person’s style of playing is described by the techniques he uses most frequently. Yes I get it, you want to be sounding like Oscar Peterson, ramming out tons of different notes in your fills. Learning to create fills between primary chords allows you … Add another note from the chord you’re playing. Each course – FP Chords and FP Melodic – will help develop these exact skills. One hand runs, two hand runs, open-octave runs, tremolo-blasted runs, cascading waterfall runs and more. When you can do that, then your playing will not sound like mine (or anyone else’s), but you will have the knowledge to develop a sound that is unique to yourself. After attending for just a short time, I did not have to look towards the piano to know who was playing a particular offertory, or who was substituting for the congregational singing. Important to realise when embarking upon this embellishment journey, first and foremost, is that timing is everything. A good church pianist has spent much time figuring out and perfecting possible runs. This book was created to help piano students of all ages and skill levels learn how to improvise and arrange music of their own. ORDER HERE. Although it’s quite possible to sound awesome with just one or two notes – important note: it’s WAY cooler to play in the groove with fewer notes, than to stutter and stammer with a lot of notes. Golden tip: only add a new concept note when you can play something cool in time, with the previous set of notes (go to two notes only after you can groove with one, add a third only after you’re cool with two notes). Runs and fills are made up of two elements: Notes and Rhythm. Perhaps there is no teacher in their area. The final section puts this information together into numerous examples for you to study and develop for your own use. (Piano Instruction). Handout with images as per used in the tutorial and text explanation, audio only and MIDI files (4x – all improvisation versions) available for Premium Couturians. It is a base to make music. Took me a few years to realise this – you might want to fill it up more once you’re comfortably grooving with fewer notes. Have fun and let me know how you’re doing -and if- what you’re struggling with! Perhaps the most frequently asked question about improvisation is “How do I know what notes to play?” or “What is a good run for this spot?” While this seems like a straightforward question, it is riddled with difficulties. The next time you play or sing a solo….just remember to interpret the music just as though you were ‘speaking’ the words. This book had to be written: without it, her passing would have deprived this world of a priceless art. Improvisation is unwritten and flexible, but that does not mean that the pianist has no idea what he is going to play. Runs and fills are made up of two elements: Notes and Rhythm. Rhythms – the origin of grooves, patterns, licks, fills and solos. A fill is a series of notes that form a musical phrase. This book was created to help piano students of all ages and skill levels learn how to improvise and arrange music of their own. Jazz Piano Lessons Step-by-step lessons to master jazz theory; Blues Piano Lessons Learn the blues, jazz blues, funk, & gospel; Brazilian Piano Lessons Study bossa nova, samba, & choro styles; Subscribe now; Resources.