The Art of Improvising

Create First! - Pattern Play

 

Create First!

An introductory Pattern Play series that introduces the materials of music (scales, intervals, and chords) in creative and musical ways. Learn about the new features and how it works.

Create First! — PDFs and Videos

PDFs are immediately sent to your email address.

PDF with Studio License means teachers can print up to 20 copies for their students.

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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. 

PDF $7.95

PDF with Studio License $17.95

 
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Create First! Solo 1

The pieces in the Duet 1 book are now presented so a person can play them alone (Solo). In general, the teacher first plays the Duet version in the lesson, then student plays the Solo version at home.

PDF $7.95

PDF with Studio License $17.95

 

Create First! Companion Video Sets

Now you can access videos that demonstrate a way to teach and play each piece! These videos can be particularly useful to students practicing alone at home, or students who aren’t comfortable with reading music notation. $3.95 per set

Learn more…

 
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Create First! Duet 2

The 29 pieces in this book explore Intervals on White Keys and then Chords on White Keys. Download, print, and enjoy!

PDF $7.95

PDF with Studio License $17.95

 
 
 
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Create First Solo 2

The pieces in the Duet 2 book are now presented so a person can play them Solo.

PDF $7.95

PDF with Studio License $17.95

 
 
 

Create First! Companion Video Sets

Now you can access videos that demonstrate a way to teach and play each piece! These videos can be particularly useful to students practicing alone at home, or students who aren’t comfortable with reading music notation. $3.95 per set

Learn more…

 
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Create First! — Set Discount on All 4 PDFs

The purchaser receives four PDFs: Duet 1, Solo 1, Duet 2, and Solo 2. The Studio License permits one to print up to 20 copies.

PDF $27.95

PDF with Studio License $59.95

 
 
 
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Create First! Duet 3

This book has 27 new Patterns featuring scales and modes that have an F-sharp in the key signature.

PDF $7.95

PDF with Studio License $17.95

 
 
 
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Create First! Solo 3

The pieces in the Duet 3 book are now formatted so they can be played Solo.

PDF $7.95

PDF with Studio License $17.95

 
 
 
 
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Create First! Set — Duet 3 and Solo 3

This set includes both PDFs at Level 3: Duet 3 and Solo 3.

PDF $14.95

PDF with Studio License $34.95

 
 
 

Create First! — Spiral-Bound Books

Printed books are available in the US only. Shipping is just $4 per total order.

 
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Create First! DUET 1 and 2 (Bound Together)

This book Includes both the Duet 1 and 2 books. They have been spiral-bound together for easy use at the piano.

Purchase Spiral-Bound Book $12.95

 
 
 
 
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Create First SOLO 1 and 2 (Bound Together)

This book includes Solo Books 1 and 2. They have been spiral-bound together for easy use at the piano.

Purchase Spiral-Bound Book Set $12.95

 
 
 
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Complete Book Set - Create First Duet 1 and 2 plus Solo 1 and 2

This set includes both the books above: Duet 1 and 2 (bound together) and Solo 1 and 2 (bound together).

Purchase Complete Spiral-Bound Book Set $23.95

 
 
 

¡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.  

Note: Printed books are available in the US only. Shipping is just $4 per total order.

 
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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.

Purchase Book $13.95

 
 
 
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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.

Purchase Book $13.95

 
 
 
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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.

Purchase Book $13.95

 
 
 
 
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Pattern Play — Original Series Complete Set

With the purchase of this set, you’ll be sent all three of the original Pattern Play books.

Purchase 3-Book Set $37.95

 
 
 

Pattern Play

The series published by RCM Publishing from 2010 through 2012.

 

Books in this series are no longer sold on this website.

You can purchase them directly from the publisher at rcmpublishing.com, or visit a retailer.