Piano Improvisation – what kind of music is it possible to improvise?

What does musical improvisation on the piano keyboard mean to you? It doesn’t have to be some kind of avant-garde music nor the often inscrutably clever and sophisticated sounds created by the complex rhythms, scale patterns and chords of modern jazz.

So improvising on the piano keys does not need to be weird experimental musing. It is not “difficult” to do, requiring huge amounts of theoretical knowledge. But equally it doesn’t have to be formulaic or simplistic. We’ve all heard the kind of improvisation that is built on repetitive patterns using set chords or scales. Real improvising is something else altogether… 

Improvise as naturally as speaking

In reality, improvising is making up any kind of music you like spontaneously: it is composing in real time. And it is therefore an incredibly valuable and impressive skill for any keyboard player to possess. It is however quite rare and generally considered in our culture to be very difficult or impossible for anyone who doesn’t possess special gifts. But this view is a mistake.

Fluency in music is much like fluency in language. A writer creates a novel by improvising the story mentally and then writing the words down. This ability to improvise linguistically is therefore considered normal and necessary for a writer. And in fact, we are all improvising using language all the time, as we engage in conversation together.

Improvisation is like going for a walk in nature: you discover beauty, you never contrive it!

Gain command of musical language

Musical fluency and fluency in language work in similar ways. Once you know the elements of musical vocabulary and the underlying structures that they inhabit in order to make sense, you can use them to express music on the keys as naturally as speaking words, phrases and sentences in your native language. The PlayPianoFluently course gives you these elements of musical vocabulary and shows you how to practise using them to make musical shapes and patterns effortlessly.

Make the music you love deeply and passionately

If you are a true musician with deep passion for music, you will find sterile, formulaic music incredibly dull; you will recognise the inexplicable magic that even a simple phrase can possess when it comes from the heart and soul. And you will definitely want to be musically fluent so that there is no gap between your musical imagination and the sounds that you make spontaneously.

An outlet for your natural creativity

Having this kind of spontaneous command of musical language means that you can invent music in a very fresh and inspired way. It means that the music you create can be completely intentional and authentic. By contrast, when we devise music using theory, set formulae or the quick route of algorithms in music software, the results inevitably lack the extraordinary spark that we hear in music made by highly creative musicians with real passion.

Gain access to a vast world of music

The skills of fluent keyboard player possesses is an excellent foundation for songwriting, composing, arranging and producing music. Because there is no gap between your musical imagination and the piano keys, you have the ability to create music with more speed but less effort. You can become a musical sponge, easily studying and creating music across many different styles and genres whilst also finding a deeper connection to your own personal unique musical voice.