How to Improvise on the Piano

Piano Playing Tips and Tricks

Improvisation on the piano is creative, rewarding, interesting, beautiful – and more difficult than it sounds. Improvisation requires a basic knowledge of scales, chords, and other parts of music theory, but once you know the rules, it’s easy to start playing with (or even breaking) them.
weber piano storeWhether you’re using Weber pianos, Yamaha pianos, or any other brand, start by knowing the instrument. Choose a short phrase, try playing it in different keys, and get comfortable. You will experience the music in different ways as you explore unique musical shapes on the piano.

Remember to complement your improvisational training by practicing some of your favorite written pieces. These can serve as an inspiration and important reminder of technique. Some teachers recommend singing along with your improvisations as you try them; this helps express individuality and creativity.

Go slowly – play each note one at a time, anticipate which note should come next, and listen. This is most helpful when attempting challenging chord changes. It is also beneficial to improvise solos with only the left hand, which will strengthen the muscles that don’t generally play melodic or solo lines.

Sign up for Bay Area Music Lessons!

Lastly, don’t forget that classes can make a big difference. Sign up for Bay Area music lessons to improve your skills, and connect with the team at Pianos Plus to find fine instruments to support your jazz or classical performance goals. Give us a call at 510-581-1660.