6th January 2018 David Magyel

I am at an intermediate level, where should I start?

If:
– you already played piano for two years or so,
– you have some basic reading skills,
– you have zero experience with Improvisation
– you don’t mind to have gradual access to the course, because you want to get the most out of each month, focusing your attention on the current month without thinking too much about what’s coming next month
– you read the description of the course, meaning: you are aware of that the intermediate course starts with  contemporary piano lessons, and we will go through all type of music genres throughout the curriculum;
– you signed up for the monthly intermediate membership, this article is for you.


Before you would start working on your curriculum, I want you to check out the following two lessons:

These two lessons are originally part of the 1.Month Beginner Membership, but they are essential for you too because it helps to set your mind in the right direction. Everything you practice on the website, you will use in your composition and improvisation.


Basic Improvisation Exercises
(Lesson 74 – 77)

Sight Reading – Low Intermediate Approach
(From Lesson 78 to Lesson 83)

Sight Reading – Intermediate Approach

 

Compositional Improvisation

Collect your favorite parts from the etudes you have learned so far, and mix them up. You can’t go wrong. All the core lessons are in the key of E minor, so whatever you decide to glue together, will fit, no worries. Feel free to change things around to your taste, also, you might want to add parts, that wasn’t in the curriculum. That is completely fine. I did that too.

Theory/Basics

Tunes

Improvisation

Chords

Composition

Advanced Routines


The last five lessons are really fun! Even for me. It allows you to be creative and there is no limit how difficult or sophisticated you can play these exercises. For example, the Play and rest approach and Rhythmic Displacement are concepts you can work on until… let’s say… the rest of your life maybe? Even as a professional pianist.

Therefore if you are working on those lessons, please upload a video to youtube – as an unlisted link is enough – and sent it to me.
I want to see how far you manage to push your limits. I will give you feedback and additional exercises to work on.

 


If you are still not sure where to start or how to approach these lessons, feel free to contact me. In order to give you good advice and guidance, I would need the following information from you:

  • Your name, age, and main motivation.
  • A link where I can see or hear you playing any of my exercises from my website. (Unlisted youtube link, mp3 file, etc.) If you are not a member yet, please chose a lesson from my Youtube Channel. Play the entire exercise from the beginning to the end with a steady beat and let me know how long time did it take you to complete the lesson. If the recording is about improvisation, please improvise at least for 1 minute (with a steady beat).
  • How much time do you have for practice?
  • Are you flexible, or is there anything on the website that you don’t want to practice? (Jazz, Blues, Contemporary Music, Latin?)
  • Are you working on the additional exercises too?
  • What lessons have you already completed or are still working on?
  • What is your next short-term goal? Is it ok if I tell you that you should change that goal?:) Most of the time you think that your problem will be solved if you learn more about theory, scales, and licks, but then I come and tell you that all you have to do first is to keep the rhythm.