When you sit down to improve your piano improvisation ability, what do you practice?
Do you learn fancy licks, “hip” chord voicings, and try to play what you hear your musical idols play?
This is fine, but let’s look at it from a slightly different angle:
You probably have a lot of great music floating around in your head already.
What if you tried to play this music instead?
Playing the music you’re mentally hearing involves slowing down, listening with your inner musical ear, and establishing a firm connection between the notes you hear in your mind and what your fingers play on the piano.
This is what all the greats do, and it’s what you can do as well. In fact, it’s essential.
Enjoy the journey, and “let the music flow!”
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