Friday, September 25, 2009

Piano Improvisation on Oprah?

Thought this was interesting. Especially since to the general population, it looks almost like magic. I mean, how can she do that?

But let's take a look at what's happening here. Oprah picks a few notes (from the Key of C Major) hint ... Now after this, the pianist takes a moment.

Now, what is she doing? First, she actually gives the piece an introduction. Then on to the melody itself. Notice too that the piece is an ABA form.

Or, I could be completely wrong and she just improvised the whole thing without thinking. But I doubt it. She knew she would be playing some kind of music in ABA form.

The melody is played probably in an 8-bar pattern. And you know that I think learning how to play this phrase is important. Now you know why.

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