Five Steps To Embellishing A Song At The Piano
You love playing the piano but are increasingly frustrated with only
being able to reproduce what is in front of you. No sheet music, no play. Oh you only have it in the key of
Eb? Well sorry I can’t play that. Does this sound like you?
Several years ago I could only play exactly from the piano sheet music in front of me. If I looked up from the
music for a fraction of time I lost my place. I was only comfortable in the keys of C, F, and G.
Sometimes D and Bb. But I longed to play and smile at the congregation in my church. Or check the worship leader
to see if he was going to add another stanza. Then I started to learn Pachelbel Canon in D.
Ever heard it? A study on the D scale. It opened my eyes to improvising or embellishing on a song at the
Here are five key things to remember to help you do the same
1.Learn and practice your piano
scales in all keys. Nobody likes this. It’s not fun but it can greatly increase your playing proficiency if you
2.Learn and practice chords. Especially the odd ones such as diminished, augmented, 6ths, seventh chords on piano etc. These can quickly give color and style to your
3.Fake it. Use a fake book to play. This will greatly encourage you to add to the harmony and melody because you
only have a chord symbol and one melody line in front of you. It will sound very dry so you will be motivated.
4. Use the whole piano. Play those same notes just an octave higher. Now try one more octave
5. Don’t get discourage by your first results: You may not like your first results but don’t give up to
teach yourself piano improvisation.