PIANO CLASSICAL IMPROVISATION

a truly masterful class on improvisation

by IOANA ILIE

THE FREEDOM OF INSTANTLY PLAYING FROM THE BOTTOM OF YOUR HEART

THE ONE SKILL THAT SETS YOU APART FROM THE MAJORITY OF PIANISTS

 

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6 LESSONS

FREE Lessons Level 1:
- Harmonizing a Melody
- The Alberti Bass

FREE Lessons Level 2:
- Chord Progressions
- Cadences, Sequences and Modulations in Minor Keys

FREE Lessons Level 3:
- Variating Sequences with Extended Dominants
- Other Possibilities for Returning to the Home Key

INCLUDING RELEVANT WORKBOOK PAGES

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WHY LEARN IMPROVISATION NOW?

 

  • easily improvise yourself out of any danger on stage during a concert -> reduces nervousness
  • deeper understanding of composition, anticipate what the composer will do next
  • intuition in reading scores (expect harmonies)
  • create your own identity with your music
  • instantly compose and play from your heart

3 Difficulty Levels

The masterclass is built around three levels. Each being more demanding on the student and leading to more pleasure and skill on the piano.

Without a Form

One category per level is always without a form - meaning without a classical form such as a Sonata for example.

On a Form

The other category deals on a classical form such as Variations, Minuet & Trio and the Sonata.

60 Lessons Total

This masterclass is very exhaustive and complete. Studying this class will take some time. If you study the material seriously and wish to progress we expect you to need at least one full year of practice and training in order to be skilled at level 3. So no, this is not a "quick trick on improvising" - you must put labor into this class in order to proceed. Each video is between 5 to 10minutes long - so just right for easy consumption. One lesson would equivalent one or more one on one lessons depending on the complexity of the lesson.

Pricing Options

Individual Levels

ONE-TIME PAYMENT

127,- EUR

Includes Level 1

Level 1 Workbook (32 pages)

10 Lessons "without form"
(without a classical form such as a Sonata for example)

10 Lessons on a form: Variations

3hrs of knowledge

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ONE-TIME PAYMENT

197,- EUR

Includes Level 2

Level 2 Workbook (56 pages)

10 Lessons "without form"
(without a classical form such as a Sonata for example)

10 Lessons on a form: Minuet & Trio

4hrs of knowledge 

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ONE-TIME PAYMENT

477,- EUR

Includes Level 3

Level 3 Workbook (74 pages)

10 Lessons "without form"
(without a classical form such as a Sonata for example)

10 Lessons on a form: Sonata

5.5hrs of knowledge

Most advanced and complex level

Biggest wow-effect

Should only be used when Level 1 & 2 has been completed

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BUNDLE OPTIONS

ONE-TIME PAYMENT

599,- EUR

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Includes Level 1, 2 & 3

60 Lessons total

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PAYMENT PLAN

57,- EUR

monthly for 12 months

Includes Level 1, 2 & 3

60 Lessons total

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Level 2 & 3 unlocked after trial period.

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7 DAY MONEY BACK GUARANTEE

During the first 7 days you can view and download all of level 1. Should you not like what you see just send us an email and we will refund the full amount - no questions asked. 

Money back guarantee is not applicable for Level 2 & 3. Due to the nature of the digital product we cannot offer a refund on these and trust that your insight into Level 1 sets your expectation of Levels 2 & 3 right.

Overview of Lessons

Without form
(meaning without a classical composition form like Sonata or Minuet for example)

  1. Improvising with chords on a bass line (I, IV & V scale degrees)
  2. The dominant seventh chord, improvising a melody using chord notes
  3. Perfect & imperfect cadences
  4. Using passing notes in your impro
  5. Improvising a melody on chords
  6. How to harmonise a melody (and never need to buy scores of arrangements anymore)
  7. Using suspensions in your impro
  8. Improvise with anticipation notes & scales
  9. The subdominant with added sixth chord, using half-tone suspensions
  10. Typical classical patterns to spice up your impro (specific rhythms, harmonies, endings, the notion of motives, using unisono)

Improvisation on a form - Variations

  1. Definition & variation types, choosing a theme, improvising a melodic variation
  2. Rhythmic variation in the right hand (r.h.)
  3. Variating the articulation and piano register, using thirds and “broken” thirds, the off-beat
  4. Melodic variation with motives based on passing notes, turns, suspensions 
  5. „Breaking“ chords (r.h.) into tuplets (triplets) & other rhythmical choices
  6. Variating the left hand (l.h.), using different chord notes
  7. Creating various accompaniment patterns (l.h.)
  8. „Broken” chords (l.h.), the Alberti bass
  9. Minor harmonies & variations in both hands, the syncopation
  10. Improvising a shiny virtuoso variation and wowing everybody

Improvisation without a form

  1. Short recap of Level 1, add the VI scale degree to your impros
  2. The surprising effect of the deceptive cadence
  3. Using the II scale degree in cadences & sequences
  4. The progression of falling fifths and other chord progressions based on various intervals
  5. Typical beginning & ending harmonies
  6. Triad inversions (r.h.), beginnings & cadences with inverted triads
  7. More triad inversions (r.h.), the golden rule of harmony
  8. „Broken“ chords patterns (r.h.), progression of fifths with inverted chords, inverting the subdominant with added sixth chord
  9. The leading note & the silver rule of harmony, inverting the dominant seventh chord
  10. Embellishments, improvise based on an opening, a sequence & a cadence

Improvisation on a form - Minuet & Trio

  1. Definition & A-B-A form, creating the A section
  2. Creating the B section: the pedal point
  3. Creating the returning A section
  4. Modulating to the dominant: the secondary chord (double dominant)
  5. Options in the returning A section: transposition, pedal point opening
  6. Creating a Trio in major & minor keys
  7. Cadences, sequences and modulations in minor keys
  8. Accompaniment patterns & different chord notes in the l.h., suspension endings
  9. Cadences & sequences with different chord notes l.h.
  10. Extended dominants in sequences & cadences (major & minor keys)

Improvisation without form

  1. Short recap of Level 2, inverting & resolving the dominant seventh inverted harmony, suspensions in ending cadences
  2. Variating sequences with extended dominants
  3. The typical classical syncopated rhythm, inverting & resolving the subdominant with added sixth inverted harmony, sequences with suspensions
  4. Creating accompaniment forms based on inverted chords, sequences in the l.h.
  5. Improvise using parallel patterns in both hands, broken chords, tremollos, arpeggios
  6. Minor scale modes and cadences
  7. Improvise sequences with the progression of falling fifths, diatonic & chromatic seventh chords in minor keys
  8. Using the German and Napolitan sixth chords in your cadences
  9. Examples of open/imperfect cadences in major and minor keys
  10. Advanced examples of patternst to improve your technique with

 

Improvisation on a form - The Sonata

  1. Definition & structure, improvising the opening and main theme in the exposition
  2. Improvising the second theme and the exposition end
  3. Improvising the development (1)
  4. Improvising the development (2), augmentation and diminution
  5. Other possibilities for returning to the home key in the development
  6. Improvising the recapitulation (reexposition) and a Coda
  7. Improvising the exposition in minor keys – harmonic possibilities
  8. Improvising the development in minor keys  - possible transitions (1)
  9. Improvising the development in minor keys – possible transitions (2)
  10. Modulating with the full diminished chord

20 Lessons

 

Requirements:

C Major Scale, basic intervals, basic chords (triads), early intermediate piano playing abilities (music reading, articulation & dynamics)

Achievements:

Basic melody improvisation on the basic scale degrees (I, IV & V) and typical accompaniment forms like the Alberti bass (l.h.), basic melody harmonisation, passing notes, anticipation notes, suspensions, basic cadences (finished, half-finished), minor transposition, syncopation, technique practice

BONUS LEVEL 1:

Chord progressions to improvise on

Examples of „fills“ (filling the space within intervals) & turns

20 Lessons

 

Requirements:

Major & minor scales up to 3 alterations, basic melody improvisation on the basic scale degrees (I, IV & V) and basic accompaniment forms (Alberti bass), basic melody harmonisation, passing notes, anticipation notes, suspensions, basic cadences (finished, half-finished), minor mode, intermediate piano playing abilities

Achievements:

Improvisation of A-B-A pieces & rich Major & minor melodies using triad inversions on various harmonies and different chord notes l.h. (I, II, IV, V/V7, VI scale degrees), various accompaniment forms, intermediate cadences (plagal, deceptive) & sequences (progression of 5ths), basic harmony notions (the leading note, dissonances, resolving V7 & dissonances), basic modulating notions (the secondary/double dominant), technique practice

BONUS LEVEL 2:

More modulations & inverted harmonies

Chords and harmony inversions in narrow and wide ranges

20 Lessons

 

Requirements:

All major & minor scales, improvisation of A-B-A pieces & rich Major & minor melodies using triad inversions on various harmonies and different chord notes l.h. (I, II, IV, V, VI scale degrees), various accompaniment forms, intermediate cadences & sequences, basic harmony notions (the leading note, dissonances), basic modulating notions (the secondary/double dominant), advanced piano playing abilities

Achievements:

Improvise complex pieces & polyphonic, virtuoso and rich melodies (r.h.) on lots of harmonies and their inversions (all scale degrees), on various accompaniment forms, inversion of harmonic functionality (melody in the l.h. etc.), advanced cadences (napolitan, German 6 a.o.) & sequences (Fonte & Monte, 7-chords), advanced modulation (Major & minor), advanced harmony notions, technique practice

BONUS LEVEL 3

How to practice improvisation and improve your technical abilities at the same time

How to improvise a candenza for a classical piano concerto

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