Beginning Improvisation for the Pianist – Piano Tutorial 1

This video is the first in a series of tutorials titled “Beginning Improvisation for the Pianist”. In this video, you can learn how to improvise with a pentatonic scale in the right hand, and a drone in the left hand. I also give three tips: 1) before starting your improvisation, choose a tempo and time signature, 2) try playing more than one note at a time in each hand, and 3) use different registers on the keyboard (low, middle and high). In the last part of the video, I play a short improvisation using these elements. The sheet music for this improvisation is available as a download at: Be sure to watch out for the next tutorial where you can learn how to improvise with the minor pentatonic scale.


14 Responses to “Beginning Improvisation for the Pianist – Piano Tutorial 1”

  1. Michele McLaughlin

    WOW! Love this, Joseph! Such a great idea, great video, great tutorial. Nicely done. 🙂

  2. Ming

    Totally loved it. Looking forward to the next episode!

  3. Jeanette Alexander

    Very nice idea and beautifully done! Thank you Joseph and Piano Haven studios!

  4. Steven Cravis

    Excellent, Joseph!

  5. Teresa

    Your improvisation tutorial was very helpful. I was taught classical so this is very different but I have always wanted to understand how to play this way. Knowing the different options like repeating notes and playing in different octaves helped. It is hard to think of different ways when you are used to only reading notes. I look forward to the next tutorial.
    Thanks! Teresa

  6. Larry Gitlin

    Fun! taking a break from lessons from Lisa this month and gave me something to play with. Agree great tutorial! Love your Music and couldn’t tell you how much pleasure learning A Southern Sun piano pieces have been. If only when I played they sounded like you..

  7. Richard

    Great job Joseph!!

  8. Phs

    This is wonderfully helpful! So focused and well explained. Thank you.

  9. Peter Roebuck

    I enjoyed this. Looks like a very good exercise in multiple keys. Look forward to the next installment.

  10. Carol Van Wormer

    Joseph –

    I love the idea of short tutorials. Thanks so much for sharing.

  11. Katy

    This is great Joseph. This is an excellent tutorial. I will recommend it 🙂
    Cant wait for part 2

  12. Jane Fileccia

    Fantastic!!! I’m looking forward to learning more.


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