I'm learning Take Five on drums as well as piano. Drums is going smoothly, but I struggle with improvising on the piano. I'm a classicaly trained pianist being jazz trained in drums right now. But it doesn't help with my piano skills too much, especially since I stopped taking lessons a couple years ago and "quit" piano to pursue drums and percussion. I have no regrets, it's just harder for me to grasp concepts on the piano. Improvising advice?
"Anyone can make the simple complicated. Creativity is making the complicated simple." -Charles Mingus
Joined: Oct 24, 2008
Location: Omaha, Nebraska
Get familiar with the rhythm and time signature so you don't lose place. Know your scales and where each scale degree fits within the chords so you can mess around with playing notes that are obvious or not so obvious given where you are in the pattern.
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