Piano With Willie: Basics of Improvisation

Learn to improvise on the piano
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  • Lectures 23
  • Length 3.5 hours
  • Skill Level Beginner Level
  • Languages English
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Published 4/2016 English

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. 

What are the requirements?

  • You will need a piano or keyboard in order to take this course

What am I going to get from this course?

  • 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

Who is the target audience?

  • Not for students who are looking for a “quick fix” to learning the piano

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

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Lifetime access.

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Certificate of completion.


Section 1: Introduction

Welcome to Piano With Willie's Basics of Improvisation


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

9 pages

Download the sheet music in pdf format here. 

Section 2: Getting Started

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


Learn how to improvise in different styles. 


Learn the basic chords you will need and their inversions. 


Learn your comping chords on the piano.

Section 3: Right Hand

Start off improvising with the right hand. Part 1


Start off improvising with the right hand. Part 2

Section 4: Left Hand

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


Learn the rhythms you will need for your left hand. 


Practice using this bassline. 

Section 5: Hands Together

Putting both hands together at the piano. 


Going beyond chord tones. Part 1. 


Going beyond chord tones. Part 2. 


Learn on how to approach your improvisation. 


Adding licks to your approaches. 

Section 6: Exercises

Learn these lick exercises. 


Learn to play a 1-6-2-5 progression. 


Use your improvisation to jam with the band. 


Download this lesson to play along with the band. 


Download this lesson to play along with the band. 

Section 7: Bonus

Get support and additional resources here. 

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Instructor Biography

Willie Myette, 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.

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