PIANO CLASSICAL IMPROVISATION

 

a truly masterful class on improvisation

by IOANA ILIE

The freedom to play from your heart

the one skill that sets you apart from the majority of pianists

 

6 FREE 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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OVERVIEW LEVEL 1

 

LESSONS LEVEL 1

Level 1 Workbook (32 pages)
20 lessons of condensed knowledge

10 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)

10 Lessons 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

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

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OVERVIEW LEVEL 2

 

LESSONS LEVEL 2

Level 2 Workbook (56 pages)
20 lessons of condensed knowledge

10 Lessons on Improvisation Without Form 
(meaning without a classical composition form like Sonata or Minuet for example)

  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

10 Lessons 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)

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

 

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OVERVIEW LEVEL 3

 

LESSONS LEVEL 3

Level 3 Workbook (74 pages)
20 lessons of condensed knowledge

10 Lessons on Improvisation Without Form 
(meaning without a classical composition form like Sonata or Minuet for example)

  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

 

10 Lessons 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

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 cadenza for a classical piano concerto

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Send Us Your Video

We love to see your progress. You can send us one video when purchasing the complete bundle and receive feedback from Ioana Ilie personally

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Workbook Included

All tutorials include an extensive workbook with many further examples and bonus exercises

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Questions? Answers!

Leave comments or questions below the respective lesson and we will answer you as soon as possible

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Interactive Learning Experience

The videos combined with the workbook and ability to ask questions will give you a complete and interactive learning experience

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All Levels in a Bundle

Save the most by buying Levels 1 through 3 in a bundle. 

IT'S WORTH IT BECAUSE

  • you're receiving a EUR 6'000 value for just EUR 499,-. That's 60 Lessons worth of one-on-one tutoring
  • only in the bundle can you send one video of your improvisation and will receive a personal answer from Ioana Ilie. This is another EUR 150,- value.

COMPLETE BUNDLE MONTHLY

EUR 49,-/month for 12 months

INCLUDES LEVEL 1,2,3

  • Complete Workbook (162 pages total)
  • 30 Lessons without a form
    (without a classical form such as a Sonata for example)
  • 10 Lessons on a form: Variations

  • 10 Lessons on a form: Minuet & Trio

  • 10 Lessons on a form: Sonata

  • Send us your video and receive personal feedback from Ioana Ilie on your progress (1 video feedback included)

  • 30 Day Money Back Guarantee

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COMPLETE BUNDLE

EUR 499,- One-time payment

INCLUDES LEVEL 1,2,3

  • Complete Workbook (162 pages total)
  • 30 Lessons without a form
    (without a classical form such as a Sonata for example)

  • 10 Lessons on a form: Variations

  • 10 Lessons on a form: Minuet & Trio

  • 10 Lessons on a form: Sonata

  • Send us your video and receive personal feedback from Ioana Ilie on your progress (1 video feedback included)

  • BEST DEAL - SAVE EUR 178,-
    over individual purchase

  • 30 Day Money Back Guarantee

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Individual Levels

Contains the level you choose including relevant workbook pages. Each level contains 20 lessons.

LEVEL 1

EUR 129,-

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

     

  • 30 day money back guarantee
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LEVEL 2

EUR 199,-

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

  • 30 day money back guarantee
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LEVEL 3

EUR 349,-

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

     

     

  • Most advanced and complex level
    Biggest wow-effect

     

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

  • 30 day money back guarantee
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30 Day Money Back Guarantee

 

To make your purchasing decision easier we are proud to offer a 30 day unconditional money back guarantee. If you are not completely satisfied with your purchase simply contact us within 30 days of the purchase to receive a full refund. No questions asked! You even get to keep the workbook.

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What customers say about this class

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JO Preston

I really love Ioana’s lessons on Improvising on piano.  I enrolled about 2 months ago for all 3 levels.  I have nearly completed level one but will go over it again several times to improve my improvising.

Ioana explains & demonstrates each lesson really well.  Her knowledge of music theory and her piano playing is excellent.  She encourages you to explore and improvise using your own ideas.  I can ask questions and leave comments after each lesson which is good, Ioana will always give a prompt, informative & supportive answer in the comments section.

It helps me a lot to be able to watch her hands playing at the bottom of the screen.
The work book is excellent.  I can navigate the course easily and go over the lessons as many times as I need to.

Since working through this course, I have become more confident and able to improvise on the piano.  Previously I could not play with out the written music.  I have also improved in my general piano playing especially my Left hand coordination. Its great fun to play my own music and develop new tunes. I am virtually deaf and play at about grade 2 level.

The course has also helped me improvise better on my Saxophones.  My knowledge of music theory is expanding.

Jeff is very helpful and supportive, he is developing new ideas and courses all the time.
I would definitely recommend this course for all piano abilities.