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The art of piano improvisation

Learn and improve your improvisation skills on the example of improvisation in classical music way
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Created by Albert Sapr
Last updated 10/2014
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In this course, I will share with you the techniques of improvisation on the piano on the example of improvising classical variations on a theme "twinkle twinkle little star". As a bonus, there is an improvisation on a "smoke on the water" theme.

Most important, I will share with you the way of thinking while you're improvising in order to exceed the musical quality of your improvisations.

Also, you can use principles which I've described here in your own compositions while writing music.

If you play piano like amateur or if you are student in musical university - doesn't care: you can use the ideas in the range of skills you have.

Also, it's not important to be a piano player: if you play some other instrument, this course might be useful for you as well. The main thing I'm going to talk about is the way of thinking in musical terms. And music itself can be played on any instrument, of course.

You will learn a branch of stuff about improvising on a theme:

  • presentation of a theme
  • variations with different musical texture
  • variations in field of harmony
  • variatig the melody
  • setting free and giving chance a chance
  • changing the mood, changing scales
  • seeking for new types of expression
  • changing figurative sphere of music, improving it
Who is the target audience?
  • amateur pianists
  • any musician who would like to start improvising
  • any musician who would like to increase his improvisation skills
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What Will I Learn?
In this course, you will learn to think in terms of music and to make desicions while improvising
In this course, you will learn to increase your skills in musical improvisation
The principles set out in this course can be useful for you as a beginning composer
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  • a musical instrument
  • desire to make music
  • It's nice to be familiar with the musical basics, but not most important
  • if you would like to take part in quizz, you need a sound recorder or a videocamera
Curriculum For This Course
Expand All 9 Lectures Collapse All 9 Lectures 40:14
Introduction. What is improvisation about?
1 Lecture 03:45
Improvisation on a "Twinkle little star" theme
7 Lectures 32:48

Introducing a theme on which we plan to improvise.

Preview 03:46

First variation: just making some imrpovements in voices

Preview 04:13

Second variation. Variating chords: refreshing harmony, changing the tonality

Third variation and a draft of fourth. Setting free.

4th & 5th variations. Improving left hand, switching major to minor

Sixth variation: Final.
Bonus: improvisation on a theme "Smoke on the water"
1 Lecture 03:36
Smoke on the water
About the Instructor
3.3 Average rating
3 Reviews
204 Students
2 Courses
  • Albert has studied in Kiev National Musical Academy, Ukraine and Graz University of Music and Performing Arts, as a composer and pianist.
  • Has a master degree for composition.
  • Is a teacher in musical school. Has a rich experience of working with students.
  • Is a first prize winner on a First Dmitry Tiomkin international piano improvisation competition: “The surprise of the contest named after Dmytro Tiomkin was the victory of Albert Sapr, who challenged the stereotype that the art of improvisation is the patrimony of jazz: “I think there is more freedom for improvisation in academic music, because there is no need to walk the line, you can fold wherever you like and determine the fate of the work in a very unexpected way even for yourself. But there is a “dark side” in the improvisation as it is – one risks to melt among the piles of styles and turn into an apologist of the whole music history”

  • Has toured number of towns as a pianist improvisator.

  • In his musical activities, is combining three spheres of music: composition, improvisation and playing. Is interested to find the point of contact of these spheres, and where they should exist separately, non interfering with each other. These reflections, he plans to bring to its second thesis. First thesis is about four symphonies of great Polish composer Vitold Lutoslawsky.
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