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Popular Piano Lessons: Improvisation Exercise: Amazing Grace - Part 16-19

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[MUSIC]
>> Here's some more ideas for,
a fill using melodic chords
[MUSIC].
This is nice because it
fits under your hand
[MUSIC].
And playing the D major chord,
but one note at a time
[MUSIC].
And just going right back down, so
the melody still stays up on top.
Yet one more idea.
Remember we were taking a look at
using the melodic chord one at a time?
[MUSIC]
Here I'm just changing the pattern.
Mixing it up, down and up again
[MUSIC].
Pretty fun, ey?
[MUSIC]
[MUSIC]
Here's one more really cool option where
once your comfortable with the chord and
all the different ways
you can play with it,
why not combine your fill with your
left hand and your right hand?
Take a look at this.
So, [SOUND] I'm gonna start
out with an outline, and
then fill it up with a tenth above it.
[SOUND] Wow!
And again, lots of different options.
[SOUND] Here's a simple tenth.
[SOUND] And I'm just gonna play that.
[SOUND] You don't even have
to go back to the melody.
[SOUND] You can start a little bit lower.
[SOUND] You can break the chord pattern.
Again, take some time, explore,
come up with different options.
Don't just play the same
thing all the time.
I hope this little simple guide
to different chord patterns for
breaking them up and for different fills.
Gives you, or at least starts to inspire
you to do some simple improvisations.
Now, we're gonna get to something
a little bit more advanced.
Now, we'll gonna fill in your right hand.
[MUSIC]
[MUSIC]
Now, the challenge of playing
improvisations, where
you're playing a song
where there is a melody and
an accompaniment.
And you wanna both at the same time,
instead of just simply playing the chords
to accompany somebody
else to play the melody.
The challenge is playing the melody
[SOUND] and the harmony together.
[MUSIC]
So we're gonna take the same principles
that we've learned in understanding
the harmonies in your left hand.
And now,
we're gonna apply them to your right hand.
But we're gonna be looking at
chords in different positions.
What do I mean by that?
For example, G major.
[SOUND] Starts here on a G, and
you can build the notes up above that bass
note which is the most important note.
We sometimes call that note the root.
Okay?
Cause from this note we
understand the relationships of
the other notes that
create the G major chord.
Well, you can take this root and
move it on top of the structure.
[SOUND] This is still a G major but
in a different position.
We're still using the same note elements,
just shifting them around a little bit.
We call this G major first position.
Sometimes you'll see music indicate
a change of position by saying for
instance G, but with a slash and
a B on the bottom.
If you see that don't get thrown off.
It simply means we're playing a G major
chord, but instead of the G on the bottom,
we're gonna play it so
that the B is on the bottom instead.
Okay, you've guessed it.
Yes, we can do this same shifting
trick and move this B to the top now.
So now, this is a G major
chord with a D on the bottom.
You understand how we've taken this,
moved notes.
And, just juggled them
into different positions,
this is the second position
G major in second position.
As you can see,
it's gonna be very useful for
when we create melodies that have to
have these harmonies underneath them.
So let's go back to our hymn.
And now, what I wanna do is,
at least at the beginning of every measure
[MUSIC]
I want to fill in the chord with the right
hand now.
Here's G major.
We're still in G major
[MUSIC]
so I'm gonna fill it in with this.
[MUSIC]
Now, we're going to C major.
[MUSIC]
Now, here you could do the whole chord
if you like or just a part of the chord.
Because you're gonna have your left hand
to help you fill out the rest of it,
I hope, right?
G Major again, G Major, this position.
Now, we're gonna go to D Major,
[SOUND] this is how we fill out
the D Major chord with the right hand.
Okay?
Now, G major
[MUSIC]
a little bit of a jump to get to the G
major in this position.
C major and I could fill this
all out if I wanted to but
you can imply C major
with just one more note.
[SOUND] I'm gonna imply the G
major with just one note here.
[MUSIC]
G major again.
[SOUND] Now, here is an interesting chord
we're actually playing D major here.
[SOUND] So I'm gonna play this melody
which is a not a part of D major but
I'm gonna add some notes
from D major here.
And then the end of the melody
will fill out that chord nicely.
So sometimes we take pieces
of one chord can combine
them with a melody that doesn't
normally fit with it, but
can create some beautiful
interesting harmonies.
And back to G major.
So I want you to practice just this
version which you see written out, so
you understand how to build these
chords with just the right hand.
And then start to see different
ways that you can implement this
with your left hand.
[MUSIC]
[MUSIC]
Okay, so here's an exercise where we're
gonna take these chord positions,
but harmonized to your melodies,
but we're gonna simply
play around with them so
that they're extenders they're
not just block chords.
Here's an example so here.
[MUSIC]
See what I'm doing I'm taking the chord
and simply playing the notes instead
of block now we can play them
separately as a little melody
extension after the chord.
[MUSIC]
You could do this, or since I'm,
extend it even further down.
Remember how we left
out the note of the G?
Might be a great opportunity for
you to bring it back in.
Now, look at this.
Full position.
Little full,
[MUSIC]
See that?
And then I could change the rhythm.
[MUSIC]
Here's
the D major.
[MUSIC]
Again, doesn't have to have all the notes,
only what you want.
So once you've started
to fill these out,
you can start to see
now how I can
[MUSIC]
What I just did there
isn't beyond what you can do.
Please don't feel like you have to play
it note for note the same way I did.
I wanna hear your version.
Use the pedal to hold the note so
you don't have to feel like
you're stuck on the keys.
Have fun.
I can't wait to hear your improvisations.