CKQC039: Simple but effective solo improvisation for beginners

This is another pattern from Forrest Kinney’s fabulous Create First 1.

Every pattern in these books has a duet and a corresponding solo version. I like to start with the duet so my student can get a feel for the improvisation and explore a little, and then we work on the solo improvisation.

This can be a little intimidating for some students. It’s tricky for them to keep a left hand pattern going steadily while working on the right hand.

I encourage them just to add in some right hand notes when they can, rather than to try and play hands together all the time. The left hand should be their main focus, and the improvisation in the right hand is the extra layer. As they get more comfortable, the left hand will become automatic.

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