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Piano Improvisation: It Takes Practice!

A Look Under The Hood!I’ve been practicing everyday on piano, mostly lengthy improvisations that go from half an hour to a full hour. Just one piece.

I find it very challenging, but at the same time very fun and rewarding. Of course, I’m very much inspired by the solo piano concerts of Keith Jarrett. But, it’s very hard not to copy him. So the real challenge is to try and create your own style and try to put one’s own personality into the music.

When I practice improvisation I tend to treat the whole thing as an Indian Raga… starting slow, letting my musical thoughts and ideas develop and build. And from there I’ll go into what I call “hills and valleys” of musical expression.

88 Keys!My goal for 2008 is to be able to easily record my piano improvisations on my Yamaha C2 Grand Piano and publish them on my site. I think that would be cool to try and publish an improvisation everyday, just like I would a blog entry. It would be a musical expression of how I’m feeling on that day. And it would be challenging to try and come up with new ideas every time and not get repetitive. Though I think Keith Jarrett himself admitted that it’s a big challenge to not repeat yourself… we are creatures of habit and we tend to play things we like to hear, and we tend to develop a certain form or structure with each improvisation.

But, we’ll see how this all pans out. It’s just really nice to have a great sounding grand piano at home, so it’s essential to find a way to record on it.



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Carlos Rull is a musician living in the San Diego area. His interests include Yoga, Eastern Philosophy, Zen Buddhism, and Gardening. He plays drums, piano, and composes New Age & Ambient music, and his albums are available on iTunes and Amazon.com.

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