Hey Improvisers,

Have you ever seen those “Before and After” photos in magazines? The ones where they show someone before and after they get a new hair style or makeover?

I was listening to someone play piano yesterday and noticed how they’re at an entirely new level of playing than they were a few months ago, and I smiled since they’re music reminded me of these makeover photos. Maybe we can call it a “musical makeover.”

Here are some pianistic “before and after” scenarios I see all the time:

“Everything I play sounds the same.”

“I’ve learned how to use little rhythmic variety to keep my music sounding fresh and spontaneous.”

“My playing sounds stilted because I always have to stop and think about the next chord.”

“I feel better about my playing now that I begin by tapping into the groove, and I can now begin practicing unfamiliar chords and voicings.”

“I never know what to play when I’m asked to play piano at a friend’s house.”

“I’ve memorized several songs and am confident improvising. Now I get lots of compliments on my playing.”

You’re “before” is your current level of playing. What will your “after” be?

Enjoy the journey, and “let the music flow!”


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