Wednesday, November 09, 2005

"Ocean Pacific" - A Piano Improvisation Exercise


One of the things that's very enjoyable about New Age piano playing is the improvisation element. The music is flowing and very elastic. A left-hand pattern can create the background while the right is busy improvising melody.

Listen to "Ocean Pacific" (Mp3 file - partial sample)

A good example of this is the lesson "Ocean Pacific." Here we have a nice little arpeggio in the left hand. The first 2 chords, A Major 9 and B minor 9 are played in a repeating pattern while a melody is played. We then bring in 2 more chords to round out the improv and that's that - a complete New Age piano improvisation.

By the way... a complete (and printable) step-by-step breakdown of this piano lesson is available to course members. I go into great detail and show you exactly how it's done - and more importantly, how you can do it yourself!

This is Lesson 44 from Quiescence Music's online piano course.

2 comments:

  1. Marcia6:52 PM

    Very nice! How long do you think it will take a beginner like me to get that left hand down? And once down, how can I improvise like what I'm hearing in the example?

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  2. Hi Marcia. Actually, it really won't take very long for the left hand to get used to the pattern. Although this is Lesson 44, even a complete beginner could play this crossover technique - with patience and persistance of course.

    Once the pattern is down in the left hand, the right takes over and "speaks" with melody notes. Of course, I go into much more detail about this in my online class!

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