Improvisation is the art of rehashing sequences of melodic and/or harmonic configurations to make your own music up on the spot.
True improvisation is rare.
Most musicians who improvise will rehash licks (melodic fragments), lines (melodic fragments), scales and arpeggios to fit the underlying harmony.
True improvisation happens when a musician moves into the fourth dimension.
The fourth dimension is where the musician literally lose track of time and this earthly realm and play notes that he or she would never usually play in the same musical scenario.
It is as if that musician has lifted the earthly realm and moved (temporarily) into another dimension!
I know it sounds eerie… but it is exactly what happens when TRUE improvisation occurs.
The type of improvisation that we will discuss in this article is more to do with the re-hashing of notes/lines/licks/arpeggios and scales.
Let’s call this basic improvisation.
So without further ado let’s discover how you can learn how to improvise on the piano as a beginner!