If you aspire to learn how to improvise on piano and don't have any experience, let me assure you that there is hope for you. I would like to take that further by stating, with absolute certainty, that you can learn how to improvise. It doesn't matter if your beliefs tell you otherwise. If you heard others say to you that it takes a certain talent to be able to improvise and it's only for the "select few," just know that carries no weight when it comes to the reality of it all.
I know from my own personal experience that the art of piano improvisation can seem a little overwhelming to the beginner. However, given the right guidance and having certain fundamentals presented in a fashion that are easy to assimilate, virtually anyone can find himself or herself having fun improvising on piano within a very short amount of time.
One of the "traps" beginning improvisers seem to fall into more often than not is that the demands they place on themselves from the start can be a bit high. Contrary to popular belief among novices, it is not necessary to learn a ton of music theory and to endure painstaking efforts to master scales, patterns, etc. before one can begin learning how to improvise on piano.
Sure, as one advances and his or her confidence escalates, getting involved with having fun with more complex fundamentals is conducive to adding interest to your overall performance. However, you are likely to be amazed with what is actually possible when you make it a point to keep things simple at the beginning and place your focus on being musical with a little as opposed to a lot.
Let's use speaking our language as a good analogy. Remember, improvisation is a language. By the time you were five years old, you were probably speaking enough to express yourself so others understood you. If you were hungry, you could let it be known. If you wanted to eat something sweet, you knew how to ask for it.
You might not have been aware of how to write or read any of those words, phrases, and sentences that you spoke but that didn't matter, did it? You still expressed yourself. You learned for yourself that you could rearrange those words in your own way without even thinking about it. You were improvising. What's more is that you never judged yourself for not understanding the "theory" of the language you were speaking. Once you did, you simply enjoyed being more creative with that language, right?
It can be the same way with improvising. As a matter of fact, to utter your first expressions of improvisation, you don't need to know any theory at all. If you can play a simple melody, you're all set to start learning how to improvise on piano. Your understanding of what a half step is and what a whole step is will be enough.
I love this art of improvisation. I sincerely see it as a pleasure as well as a privilege if I can make a positive difference for even one person out there who even remotely believes that he or she doesn't have what it takes to get a handle on improvisation.
When I consider all of the people who have been requested something that would give them a clue about how to improvise on piano, the majority of them had no experience to begin with. So, I needed to really consider this. The question I had to ask myself was this: "What I can provide that would make it absolutely impossible for someone who uses the method to fail, regardless of his or her lack of experience?"
Well, the answer was two-fold:
1) It had to be easy... SUPER EASY for anyone to understand
2) It had to be concise. In other words, the user of the method could read about it, learn it, and start using it right away, without having to trudge through a pile of "fluff" that he or she would have to understand prior to enjoying instant benefits.
In conjunction with those two requisites, the method had to appeal to anyone at any age. You see, I receive email requests from people in their 20's, 30's, 40's, 50's, 60's, 70's, 80's... I wanted this to be easy to use and practical. It was my intention to create something that no one would be intimidated by. Also, since I wanted this to get in the hands of anyone reading this, it was absolutely essential that this program be affordable.
The result was The One Improvisation Secret You Must Know and it's already been enjoyed by beginners on a global level, I'm happy to say. I don't want to overstate what's here, by the way. It's a concise and effective way to learn how to improvise on piano at a very basic level. As mentioned, I wanted it to be a tool you could expose yourself to, put aside, and start putting the information to work right away at that piano or keyboard of yours. You'll receive a short video and guidebook which you can download instantly.
(excerpt from The One Improvisation Secret You Must Know video session)
"Hi Dave, You are a genius! I have just been playing with your latest improvisation package and within about 15 minutes have the idea and the vision of the potential it can unlock. I have struggled with books and discs and teachers to get somewhere, but without success. Often it is a communication problem. You are a wonderful communicator and teacher.
I am empowered... Thank you soooooooooooo much."
Very best wishes,
Susan (United Kingdom)
It seems that a favorable aspect of this popular little combo for beginning improvisers is that it presents a very workable concept that can be understood upon one viewing and the student can surprisingly be producing interesting sounding improvisation lines within a matter of even minutes. For those with no experience who are interested in learning how to improvise on piano, this video/guidebook combination is a terrific starter and confidence booster that you will find quite helpful.
As with any art form, the more you become absorbed and the more fun you commit to having with it, the more interesting your improvisations will sound over time. Again, it's much like speaking your language. At the beginning, you may have started with simple "ooh"s and "ahh"s... then you graduated to simple words... then phrases... and before long, you found yourself speaking phrases and sentences without giving much thought at all to what you were uttering. The process happens naturally for you now. It's much the same with improvisation. Simply make the commitment to have some fun a few minutes each day and be prepared to reap the rewards that await you!
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