A SURPRISING DISCOVERY
This afternoon one of my piano students said something that got me thinking. As she was improvising to a Blues song she said, while still playing, “I didn’t know I could do that”. She was experimenting with intervals of a third and discovered that she could use them as passing tones and also hop back and forth to different inversions of the chord tones. It struck me how awesome it was to watch a moment of pure discovery!!!
Then I thought how often these moments happen to my students since I’ve put a greater emphasis on improvisation compared to the days when I asked my students to only play what was on the page. As I’ve said before, I am not against reading or notation. Instead, I feel that it can be a springboard to deeper improvisation-based comprehension. Music notation doesn’t need to be the final destination…..it can be the beginning of a beautiful and exciting adventure filled with discovery.