Enjoy the freedom of music making through simple improvising. With very little study you will be able to express your musical self - even if you have never played a musical instrument before.
This page consists of 4 steps:
STEP ONE: The Whole Routine: Scale, Chords and Improvisation.
(Divided into 5 sections).
STEP TWO: The Improvisation over the guitar backing track.
STEP THREE: The Song.
STEP FOUR: The Classical Piece, (optional).
The "Whole Routine" video for piano improvising C major - with commentary:
Ideally, you just follow the video below (playing hands separately) and its done!
Use "pause" and "rewind" whenever you need to.
(Later, when you've played the 24 keys musical keys: hands seperately, do them again, hands together).
Please note: If you find the video too slow for you (or too fast), instead, you can follow the "Whole Routine" using the words and charts below.
In this way you can go at your own speed.
...now try the video:
The "Whole Routine"
explained in words and charts:
Important: play the Whole Routine, first with your right hand then with your left.
Once you are used to it, play the Whole Routine both hands at the same time - hands together. This will make the routine very fast, save a lot of time and improve your technique.
The Scale and Chords of C major:
(divided into 4 sections)
a) The Scale Routine:
Tony Chapman's Simple SCALE Chart, with fingering.
1) Top row: the numbers for the right hand fingering.
2) Middle row: the notes of the scale.
3) Bottom row: the numbers for the left hand fingering.
- as you go up the scale, your thumb goes UNDER your finger,
- as you go down the scale, your finger goes OVER your thumb.
...stick with the fingering - it is vitally important, crucial! especially later...
b) The 8 Chords routine:
Tony Chapman's Simple CHORD Chart:
These 3 note chords are also called: "triads".
A name with just the letter means it is a major chord. A name with the letter and a small "m" after it means it is a minor chord.
For the Routine, play ALL 8 chords of the scale in their "root positions" - (as shown in the chart). Play them one after another, from low to high: read the chart from the bottom upwards in this order: chords: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, - all the way up the piano, (left to right on the piano keyboard). For the Routine DO NOT COME BACK DOWN THE PIANO. Play the chords upwards only, from low to high. This saves time and makes the whole routine more efficient, quicker and easier to play).
The fingering is the same for each chord and is the same for left AND right hand: fingers: 1, 3, 5.
c) The Inversions Routine:
For the Inversions: use the 3 note "Root" chord, (i.e. the chord with the same name as the key you are playing in).