What we're about

The ability to perform the works of masters is certainly a pleasure, but wouldn't it also be a joy to sit at the piano and extemporaneously produce fresh new music as well?

The purpose of this Meetup is to provide an introduction to improvisation in the classical domain​. The Meetup is structured around a series of tutorials on classical improvisation, posted online by Professor John Mortensen, D.M.A., Professor of Music at Cedarville University, Cedarville Ohio. These tutorials provide a solid foundation from which one can explore improvisation in other domains as well (notably jazz). Mortensen's tutorials may be found on his Patreon page: https://www.patreon.com/ImprovPlanet/posts

Some knowledge of scales, chords, etc. is certainly helpful, but even if you’re just curious you are welcome to come by to investigate. Meetings are intended to be instructive (as opposed to recitals). We will:
● Analyze and discuss the current tutorial.
● Demonstrate the skills we've practiced and receive immediate constructive criticism and advice from each other.
● Raise blocking issues and seek/offer experiences and advice.
● Discuss and settle upon individual goals for the next session.

The location is my home in Concord, near the center of town. Those who sign up will be notified of the address. If you would like to come prepared for the first meeting, please sign up on Mortensen's Patreon page. Study the first Amateur Tutorial and come prepared with your questions and comments. It would also be advisable to start memorizing the Rule of the Octave (aka RO) progression for the key of G major, ascending and descending. This is described in the first Amateur Tutorial.

Here are some links to get you started:
A great lecture (52 min): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L02RGerwpSE
Why improvise? (9 min): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xwp_NnQwrBE
Why classical improvisation died (10 min): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QdklB3zYgmg&list=PLQ4BzDMOcO51KZMtajLPvfnPbLg_wK33s&index=25
Figuration preludes (9 min): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S1r_gE7nlL0&t=47s

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Learning Classical Improvisation Meetup #5


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Learning Classical Improvisation, Sunday Mar 17


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