It would be cool to be able to improvise a melody on the piano that creates the exact atmosphere I want.
When I see such people in particular, I listen to them in wonderment, and for some reason, I find myself more motivated to play the piano.
Recently, an increasing number of musicians have been entertaining people on YouTube and other Internet sites by improvising on subjects that come up in the comments.
It is natural to look at such images and think, “If only I could improvise like that!
The first improvisation was disappointing.
In fact, most people who have ever touched the piano have probably played “at random,” or improvised.
You don’t have to think of “composition” or “improvisation” in a difficult way, just play the keyboard as it is without looking at the score.
We all do it, especially when we are exposed to the piano or pianica at an early age, don’t we?
But usually, the performance becomes a jarring cacophony and quickly becomes tiresome.
You may be one of them.
So how can we ” practice improvisation “?
Of course, this is a skill that comes naturally if one repeats playing with regular sheet music, but this is not a method of practice “for the purpose of improvisation.
Let me preface this by introducing what I consider to be an improvisational practice.
What is the first step in improvisation practice?
In conclusion, the first step in practice for improvisation is ” arranging “.
This is a
…to vary the melody of the song.”
It is not a thing.
.” A variation of the accompaniment section of a song “
While “changing the melody” is also a valuable piano exercise, this seems more like a practice after the second step.
I believe that first we should know how to match the sound.
It’s more fun this way.
If you are a beginner and you are told from the start, “Feel free to write a piece of music.” but unless you are a genius composer, you can’t do that.
It is like asking an elementary school student who does not know the ninth nine to “freely create multiplication and division problems.
First of all, it is necessary to practice matching sounds and to experience the atmosphere created by the matching sounds.
For this reason, “arranging” is a very rudimentary and effective way of doing things.
Let us give an actual example.
At first, a very easy and simple melody like “Twinkle, Twinkle, Twinkle Star” that everyone knows is good.
The melody of the twinkling star is “Do Do So So So La La So,” right?
Let’s match this with an appropriate accompaniment.
In doing so, please keep the following in mind
(1) Start with “long notes (whole notes)” and “single notes” as much as possible.
*But if you know the code, the code is better.
(2) No narrowing of octave
I don’t have to tell you about (1), because it is less difficult to use longer notes.
Especially with whole notes, it is easy to find an accompaniment that fits the song and creates a different atmosphere.
(2) is an element that is often left out.
Inevitably, practicing only with sheet music creates a preconceived notion that the left hand plays a note that is an octave lower than the right hand.
However, even a change in octave can change the atmosphere of a song.
If you have played some scores, you have probably played scores where the left hand is the melody part.
In the same way, there is no problem if the accompaniment is higher than the melody in the sparkling star.
We encourage you to try accompaniment in various octaves.
in the end
We want to have fun while doing whatever practice we do.
The most important feature of practicing through this arrangement is that you can freely play with the sounds and learn how to match them.
Whether you want to use sheet music to “just play a variety of songs” or “improve your technique,” understanding sound will definitely benefit your piano playing.
Think of it as a breather, and by all means enjoy the freedom of performance.