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Simple Piano Improvisation for Relaxation and Stress Relief

​As I write this, we are in the midst of ​the global coronavirus pandemic. It's a stressful time for many people, and for many different reasons.

I've always found the piano to be a source of relaxation and stress relief - like a trusted friend just waiting to help me through difficult times.

Whether it's the middle of the day or the middle of the night, just sitting down to play can help me ​deal with frustration, release tension and bring a sense of calm.

And it can really be a freeing, creative experience to just make up your own music on the spot.

But exactly HOW do you do that?

“​Life is like a piano; the white keys represent happiness and the black ​show sadness. But as you go through life's journey, remember that the black keys also create music.”

- ​Author Unknown -

How To Improvise On The Piano

​This is not going to be a full course on piano improvisation, but I do have some very simple ideas for you that will let you sit down at the piano or keyboard and start making up your own music immediately - even if you've ​never ​played before.

The trick is to ​start by putting some restrictions on which notes you can play.

Seems kind of weird to improve creativity by starting with restrictions, doesn't it?

But, trust me, this makes everything much easier!

So, we're going to start off by playing only the white keys, and restrict that even further in the left hand.

​Next, we'll play only the black keys, again restricting our left hand even further.

But that's just the beginning...

Check out the video below to see and hear these very simple techniques in action and find your own comfort at the piano.

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  • Keith says:

    That’s very interesting and sounds good.

  • William says:

    Excellent interval lesson in C. Especially when alternating the intervals. Sounds beautiful. Thank you.

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