Inspirational Improvisation - Piano - DVD Course
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Asaph Music School - DVD Version
|Piano music. Difficulty level--Intermediate. Are you a church pianist who wants to learn how to play your own beautiful solo arrangements? Do you want to know how to accompany congregational singing and soloists? Do you want to know how to play background music during communion or other reflective times during a service? |
Most of you know the importance of these skills and most of you have probably had some lessons to learn them. Unfortunately, most of you have been frustrated by those lessons. The reality is that the traditional way that church music improvisation is taught is ineffective.
A New Approach to Teaching Church Music Improvisation
Greg Howlett is a pianist who knows how frustrating it can be to try to learn improvisation. A student of church music for almost thirty years, he understands the weaknesses in how church improvisation concepts are almost always taught.
Here is the way it usually works. A teacher (a competent church pianist) plays a song on the piano while you watch over their shoulder. As they play, they point out technical things that they are doingóchord substitutions, patterns, etc. At the end on the song, they tell you to go off and do it yourself. Later, you sit down at the piano and try to recreate what they did without really understanding what they did and why they did it.
Greg uses a totally different approach in Inspirational Improvisation. Rather than working through songs, he works through concepts. Each lesson revolves around a concept and the concepts are then applied to songs. Each lesson thoroughly discusses why and how a concept works. Then, the concept is applied to a song. Last, homework assignments are given to help students apply that concept to songs they pick out for themselves.
The goal of this course is not to get you to a point where you can play a few songs well. The goal is to give you nine concrete concepts that you will learn well enough to apply to any song you wish without even stopping to think.
What Inspirational Improvisation includes:
A 4 DVD set containing six hours of instruction.
A 32 page study guide containing the important takeaways from each lesson as well as examples and work assignments.
Here are the nine concepts:
This course is designed to keep you busy for at least a year. You will not learn unless you study, do the homework assignments, and apply the concepts. But if you are willing to put in the time, this course will dramatically improve your improvisation skills.
Frequently Asked Questions
What ability level is this course designed for?
This course is designed for intermediate and advanced pianists. Beginners will be frustrated. At a minimum, students should be able to read music fairly well and know the basics of theory such as how to build a major and minor triad. On the other hand, you do not have to understand complex chords. The entire first lesson is devoted to helping you know how to recognize and play the foundational chords in church music.
How is this course different from all the rest on the market?
The courses we are aware of that teach church improvisation have t