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It can be a relief to discover how very simple and straightforward it is to play the piano spontaneously -improvising. Here are several video clips demonstrating different ways of doing it.  

Piano by Ear

Piano by Ear, published by Faber Music

Lucinda demonstrates some of the ideas in Piano by Ear to help get you started. They are taken from pages 13, 14, 32, 33, 28, 29, 80, 73, 77, 111 and 117.

Beginner student improvises on black notesPiano by Ear page 14

Student mother and her daughter improvise on Heart and Soul, Piano by Ear page 80

Beginner student improvises on C and F chords, Piano by Ear page 31

Student mother and her daughter improvise on C and Am chords with ideas based on Piano by Ear

Re-starter student plays and improvises with Bad Moon Rising, Piano by Ear page 10

More advanced student improvises with ideas based on Piano by Ear

Anyone can Improvise

Anyone can Improvise, published by Informance, includes downloadable text and examples.

For further clips, please visit


Understanding chords and how to hamonise


Easy Improvising with the White-note Modes and Other Exotic Scales

ALSO, published by Trinity College London

Ideas for teaching pupils to play by ear and improvise inspired by the Trinity College Grade 1 piano syllabus 2015-2017.

And by the Trinity College Grade 3 piano syllabus 2015-2017


Buy the Book

Piano by Ear is available from your local music retailer, or buy online at Faber Music Store or Amazon.

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Piano by Earwww.classicalfakebooks | Lucinda's Facebook page | Practising the Piano interview | Amazon - Piano by ear | Faber- Piano by ear | The Online Academy | Trinity College