Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Flipping the Switch to Improvisation at the Piano

If you know me at all, you know that musical improvisation is where I live. Of course I can read music; my major instruments in college were classical piano and organ, That said; perhaps the largest lesson that I learned there, is that the approach of interpreting and navigating the structure of symbols was not my most natural path. Not that I couldn't, but that there was another way, to which I was more suited. All of us are best suited to be at one point or the other, but are also capable of working the other side of the street. And that's the point; you can flip the switch. In this lesson, I will lay that out.  

A New Beginning

For those of you who have been here before, you will notice a change. Lessons for the Thoughtful Pianist is now a collection (starting with one, but more to come) of free instructional video posts. Nothing else. There are a number of reasons for this, but high among them is that this informality works for me. What also works for me is maximizing the opportunity to share, connect and network with fellow musicians. I'm not going to set an unrealistic expectation of myself, or otherwise set myself up to miss the mark, so look for roughly one new post a month. You can subscribe to my Thoughtful Pianist You Tube channel to be notified of new posts, or check this blog, where I will embed the videos upon posting. Enjoy your musical journeys!