The art of piano improvisation is a lot of fun and it's my belief that you should get your creative juices flowing as early as possible. You don't need to know a ton of chords and scales before you start the process.
I encourage you to take this approach: whenever you learn something, however small, start being creative with it as soon as possible.
Have you learned how to play major seventh chords? If not, please click here and become acquainted with them. If you have already done so, then put them to use right away with a little improvisation.
In the video below, I've simply taken two major seventh chords, the Cmaj7 and the Fmaj7, and illustrated how you can be musical with them without having to become a scale virtuoso first.
Play the chords and hold them down one at a time with your left hand. While you do, pick notes from the chord you are playing, and play around with those notes in your right hand... just have fun with it.
Use the sustain pedal on your piano or keyboard for nice effect. Play from the Cmaj7 to the Fmaj7, back and forth and experiment with them, playing the chord tones as well as notes in between the chord tones.
Use your ears to listen - don't judge what you're playing and certainly don't judge yourself as you do this! Just play, listen, become aware of the results you obtain. Appreciate them for what they are.
Please don't limit yourself to what I show on the video - I've only shown you an example to hopefully encourage you to take this several steps further. Play more major sevenths. They really are great sounding chords! Come up with different combinations... for example, Cmaj7 followed by Gmaj7 and back again. The sky's the limit... just play, play, play!
I hope you enjoy yourself with this and are motivated to spend more than just a few minutes with this idea. Have hours and hours of fun with piano improvisation because, the more you do it, the more natural it comes to you - and the more fun you ultimately have!
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