The Art of Improvising
Create First! — Pattern Play
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Create First! — PDFs
Create First! Duet 1
This first book in the series explores Musicality on Black Keys and then Scales on White Keys. Download, print, and enjoy! Each of the 29 pieces has a Bottom part and a Top part. The Bottom part is usually played by the teacher, and the Top part is improvised by the student.
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Create First! — Spiral-Bound Books
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Create First! — Duet 1 and 2
This book includes the Duet 1 and 2 books. They have been spiral-bound together for easy use at the piano.
Create First! — Solo 1 and 2
This book includes Solo Books 1 and 2. They have been spiral-bound together for easy use at the piano.
Create First! Set — Duet 1 and 2 plus Solo 1 and 2
Two spiral-bound books — Duet 1 and 2 (bound together) and Solo 1 and 2 (bound together).
Create First! — Duet 3
This book has twenty-seven new pieces featuring scales and modes that have an F-sharp in the key signature.
Create First! — Solo 3
The twenty-seven pieces in this book are now formatted so they can be played Solo.
Create First! 3 — Set of 2 Books
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¡La Creatividad Primero! — PDFs
Con estos libros descubrirás una manera natural y fascinante de aprender a improvisar en el piano. Empezarás a crear desde el primer momento usando los elementos básicos de la música, como escalas, intervalos o acordes. Poner la creatividad por delante no solo desarrollará tu imaginación y tu musicalidad sino también tu sentido del ritmo, tu coordinación, tu técnica, tu comprensión musical y tu oído.
Cada nivel consta de un libro de dúos, para que profesor y alumnos lo utilicéis en el aula, y un libro para piano solo, para que los alumnos practiquéis en casa. Los alumnos también podréis tocar el acompañamiento entre vosotros, para así disfrutar creando música juntos.—Juan Cabeza, traductor de La creatividad primero
Pattern Play — The Original Series
The original, self-published Pattern Play series from 2004 to 2009 was written for a solo player. (See below for the Pattern Play series published by RCM.)
The Duet-to-Solo approach (used in the new Create First! series and in the Pattern Play series published by the Royal Conservatory of Music) has proven to be the most reliable and successful way to begin improvising, so I recommend that beginners and their teachers start with either of those series. Later, add the original Pattern Play series which offers 233 Patterns for improvising with the major scales, minor scales, and the various modes in all the keys.
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Pattern Play Melody, Volume One (with CD)
This 144-page book explores ways to create melodies (improvise) with the most popular scales in classical, ethnic, jazz, and popular styles. This original Pattern Play book (first published in 2004) can now function as an in-depth “teacher’s handbook” for the Pattern Play series published by the Royal Conservatory of Music or the Create First! series. It offers a more in-depth exploration of solo playing for many of the pieces in the newer series. This book comes with a CD that has 31 solo improvisations on the various pieces and also 4 duets.
Pattern Play Melody, Volume Two (All Keys)
With 104 pieces made with Patterns in all the major and minor keys. It explores various way to create melodies in diverse musical styles and introduces ways to begin creating your own accompaniment Patterns. It is ideal for those who have worked through Create First! or the new Pattern Play series published by the Royal Conservatory and who are looking for new Patterns in all the keys.
Watch a video of a duet improvisation from Melody, Volume Two. I’m joined by Akiko Kinney, who gave me insightful editorial guidance on this book and made many invaluable contributions to the Pattern Play project. Once you are on YouTube, you will see the list of other videos we made that are available for viewing.
Pattern Play, Melody, Volume Three (Modes)
Each of the 96 different pieces offers another way to improvise in one of the modes (Dorian, Phrygian, Lydian, Mixolydian, and Locrian). This book explores these modes in all keys. It comes with a spiral binding for ease of use at the piano.