Piano With Willie: Basics of Improvisation
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Piano With Willie: Basics of Improvisation

Learn to improvise on the piano
4.5 (4 ratings)
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76 students enrolled
Created by Willie Myette
Last updated 4/2016
English
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Includes:
  • 3 hours on-demand video
  • 3 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Learn how to practically apply these techniques to quickly use them in your playing
  • Gain a deeper understanding of chords and their usage
  • Learn techniques that the pro’s use to make their playing sound professional
  • Learn music theory and how to use it in your playing
  • Learn how to visualize the keyboard making you a more accurate player
  • Improve your technique, speed and dexterity at your instrument
  • Apply these techniques to piano, keyboard or organ
  • Analyze and solve music theory and chord progressions
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Requirements
  • You will need a piano or keyboard in order to take this course
Description

Piano With Willie offers lessons to all skill levels of piano players. Willie uses the Foundational / Fundational approach when creating his lessons. Build upon your technique and polish up your skills with our piano lessons. This lesson will teach you improvisation techniques over Satin Doll and Canon in D. You’ll learn both Jazz and Pop/Rock improvisation styles. You’ll also learn about approaches into chord tones.

You will learn all the basics of getting started with improvising on the piano. Rhythm, style, chords will be learned with both hands separately and then together. You will be able to practice what you learn here with provided play along tracks. 

Who is the target audience?
  • Not for students who are looking for a “quick fix” to learning the piano
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Curriculum For This Course
23 Lectures
03:17:43
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Introduction
3 Lectures 02:48

Welcome to Piano With Willie's Basics of Improvisation

Preview 00:32

Introduction to what you will learn in this piano improvisation lesson. 

Preview 02:16

Download the sheet music in pdf format here. 

Sheet Music
9 pages
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Getting Started
4 Lectures 31:35

You will need good rhythm in order to improvise. Practice these techniques before moving on. 

Preview 11:15

Learn how to improvise in different styles. 

Style
04:21

Learn the basic chords you will need and their inversions. 

Chords and their inversions
07:52

Learn your comping chords on the piano.

Comping chords
08:07
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Right Hand
2 Lectures 30:42

Start off improvising with the right hand. Part 1

Improvising using the right hand part 1
20:11

Start off improvising with the right hand. Part 2

Improvising using the right hand part 2
10:31
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Left Hand
3 Lectures 24:44

Learn how to add in the left hand to your piano playing. 

What to do in the left hand
09:59

Learn the rhythms you will need for your left hand. 

Left hand rhythms
05:02

Practice using this bassline. 

Pseudo bass line
09:43
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Hands Together
5 Lectures 01:00:11

Putting both hands together at the piano. 

Putting Hands Together
12:39

Going beyond chord tones. Part 1. 

Beyond chord tones part 1
17:48

Going beyond chord tones. Part 2. 

Beyond chord tones part 2
07:01

Learn on how to approach your improvisation. 

Approaches
09:14

Adding licks to your approaches. 

Licks with approaches
13:29
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Exercises
5 Lectures 37:15

Learn these lick exercises. 

Lick exercises
11:33

Learn to play a 1-6-2-5 progression. 

1-6-2-5 exercises
04:52

Use your improvisation to jam with the band. 

Jam with the band
10:13

Download this lesson to play along with the band. 

Play along 1
05:18

Download this lesson to play along with the band. 

play along 2
05:19
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Bonus
1 Lecture 01:28

Get support and additional resources here. 

Support and Resources
01:28
About the Instructor
Willie Myette
4.6 Average rating
161 Reviews
1,721 Students
23 Courses
Professional pianist, creator of the PianoWithWillie method

Willie has toured both the U.S. and Europe as clinician and performer. He is a graduate of the well renowned Berklee College of Music. He has studied in New York with Fred Hersch and in Boston with Ray Santisi. Willie has produced three recordings as bandleader and his music has been featured radio stations nationwide.

Willie is also the founder of PianoWithWillie, an online teaching website that makes it easy to learn Jazz, Blues, Gospel Piano and more online.

The PianoWithWillie method has taught students from all around the globe. By combining foundational and fun'dational elements, Willie's students are able to learn how to become a self-expressive pianist very quickly.

"I learned as a kid that the best part of learning the piano is playing the piano." says Willie. Using the PianoWithWillie method and Willie's step-by-step lessons, it is possible and easier than you think to become a pianist.