As an experiment during our overlapping piano buddy time, I’ve been simplifying some of the improvisation accompaniments from Create First by Forrest Kinney.
This has worked out really, really well and it’s quite easy to adapt for any student level.
In this video, you’ll see the bare bones arrangement of ‘For the Joy’ that I’ve been using with my brand new beginner students. They’re literally only using finger 2 from both hands to create this simple accompaniment.
What they create won’t always be all that musical, but you might be surprised how many gems can come out of this improvisation time – even when the student has no experience at all.
If you do try this kind of activity in your studio always make time for the students to swap. It’s so valuable for them to try being the soloist, and the accompanist. In fact, I think they learn the most from doing these simple secondo parts. 🙂
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