Anyone who has some piano/keyboard experience and wants to add an exciting dimension to their playing. I have lessons for beginners as well as players at the intermediate early/advanced levels. In addition, traditional piano teachers will find fun material with which they can enhance their teaching methods.
No, you do not have to be able to read music in order to learn improvisation. My videos feature overhead views of the keyboard so that the material can be learned visually, and by ear. However, even a rudimentary ability to read music will help the student to learn faster, and be able to more comprehensively understand the pdf files that accompany each video.
This depends, of course, on your individual level of experience and the pace in which you learn. If you are a beginning improvisor, my current offering of lessons can take up to 3-5 years to completely learn and assimilate into your playing. When you also factor in the lessons that are added on a weekly basis, you can enjoy years of fun, creatively challenging instruction. The great thing is that I welcome suggestions for new areas of study. If you email me your requests, I’ll do my best to include your interests in future lessons.
Students from ages 5-95 and older can learn and enjoy the techniques I teach. Young children, however, will need an older person to help them understand and apply the given instructions.
Yes, in addition to the Classical Piano Improv series, lessons such as “Fingerpainting” at the Piano, “Sketching” at the Piano, and Picasso Improv can be played entirely in a classical style. Also, the “Flowing Water” lessons will give you plenty to work with as well. In addition, I have a series of "Pachelbel's Canon Improv" lessons as well as instruction in church organ improvisation. The great composers all improvised and so can you!
Yes. Just email me your question and I will do our best to clarify it for you. Or you can submit your question on video or audio for a Weekly Personal Video Lesson. I'll respond with a video lesson created just for you!
This is one of the most exciting parts of KeyboardImprov.com! As often as once per week, you can send me a 5-8 minute video (or audio) of yourself and I will send you a personalized video response to you, giving you individual instruction, guidance, and practice suggestions. You can ask musical questions, show how you're doing with the lessons, or just ask for overall guidance. Be sure to let me know which lessons or musical techniques you've been working on, and demonstrate them on your piano or keyboard.
Just post your video to Dropbox and email me the link. If you'd prefer to send an audio file instead, just attach it to an email and I will gladly give it a listen. You will receive your Personal Video Response within 1-2 days, depending on how many I receive at the same time. This is a great way for you to receive personal instruction and guidance to help you in your musical pursuits!
The lessons can be practiced on either a piano or a keyboard. The main difference between the two instruments is in how the sound is produced. On a piano, the sound is produced acoustically with a hammer striking a string, whereas the sound on a keyboard is electronic. Some people prefer one or the other while many musicians enjoy playing them both.
I are currently adding 1-2 lessons weekly. My plan is to keep the site growing until it features over 500 lessons, from many musical genres and at all levels of instruction.