A fun pentatonic improvisation and finger exercise for smoother, quicker piano playing

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  1. Anyone have any tips for keeping my fingers, on my non-dominant hand, from wanting to curl up while playing? Mainly the ringer finger and more so the pinky. It's so annoying and tenses my hand up.

  2. Your videos have helped me improve over the last couple of years. Thanks! You have a real knack for explaining things.

  3. Any tips for playing multiple scales in an improvisation?For instance, you often talk about playing the blues scale and pentatonic scale together, and yet I can't seem to figure out how to make the sounds mesh.Great video as always, I'm a recent subscriber (a few months), but I really appreciate the work you've been doing here

  4. Hi Thank You for all the excellent lessons for us beginners your style and presentation is so helpful thanks foryour time knowledge and effort

  5. Bill, you've inspired me to go out and purchase my own keyboard to begin learning from scratch. I have some experience with the guitar so I'm not a total newbie to music.

    Question — the keyboard I bought has only 49 keys as I'm more interested in coming up with chords for electronic music production, and not for live performance. In fact I was torn between that one and another that only came with 2 octaves. Now that I've been watching your videos, though, I'm concerned this will be too limiting when trying to develop solid piano + music theory fundamentals. Let me know what your opinion is — I'd be happy to return this and get a larger size.

  6. Hi, I am trying few years, to move left hand chords, from C to G, or A or F, without inversions, just by moving the left hand left and right, but I can’t. Want to change chord hand position few steps from left to right while my eyes are focused on the right hand. Is it possible ? Is there some special exercise to accomplish this ? Moving chord exact number of steps left or right without making mistakes ?

  7. Hello! I love your teaching style and your videos. I have an issue that you may or may not be able to advise me on. i am learning the piano, on my own and aside from the typical beginner/intermediate hiccups, i am learning without my left pinky. i had a small accident some years back and it cost me my left pinky. with some slight nerve damage in my left ring finger. i can still stretch an octave and use the ring finger someone independently. i would love to know if you have some tips that might make playing minus the left pinky a little easier! thanks!

  8. Here is an interesting thing I observed… Claude Debussy seems to make use of the pentatonic a lot, particular in the series of works "Children's Corner" and the two Arabesques. What do you make of this? It is also associated with a lot of Asian music I noticed, particularly the far East.

  9. Hey Bill thanks for this excercise! I love it! Now I know the pentatonic scale!! Hahaha thanks a lot! Do you have another excercises for the other scales?

  10. Everything on your channel is so easy to follow. Ive had teachers before that just left me confused so thanks for this, it's amazing!!

  11. Awesome video @Bill Hilton, thank you very much! One question – are there other chords for the left hand that would work nicely in this excercise?

  12. honestly your lessons are amazing. I love the way you let us improvise on the piano and learn more about it by ear and creativity and not just the usual boring excerise which ho esrly no one wants to do. Thanks Bill!

  13. Thank you for the lesson and ideas! I really enjoy your videos. Does the 1-2-3-5-6 formula work in each key to give that key's pentatonic scale?

  14. I like your accent and teaching method. I will go through all your lessons. Keep going you are awesome!

  15. Hi. A very good idea of using improvisation as part of piano learning and improving piano technique! The way of setting certain limits to improvisation to work with a specific problem is great. Often the material what to play or which notes to press will not solve the biggest problems though. When hands are tense or stiff or fingers are just working in an inefficient way, it does not help much alone if you play around with different material on the keyboard. How to play, how to use fingers properly is also part of it. Also having a certain inner beat that keeps your rhythm could help with improvisation in the beginning. Anyway, the ideas and tips are great. Thanks, keep it up 🙂

  16. I am a jazz flutist who got some piano training in college many years ago. I just bought an antique piano from an alumni and he recommended you. This tutorial is bang on for learning scales!!! So much fun and learning at once.👍🏻

  17. I am very impressed with this very simple easy to understand exercise.I have never had a piano lesson of any kind in my life.  I feel music and I have been learning everything I know from YouTube.This has been very helpful.

  18. Thank You kindly Bill for fantastic instruction. You are so precise and so great at keeping complexity, simple.

  19. If you are soloing with a pentatonic scale, can you still the play the notes that are omitted from the scale in the harmony?  For example, can you play a chord that contains one of the notes omitted from the scale?  Or maybe a better way to say it is if you are playing a chord progression and want to solo with the right hand with a pentatonic scale can this work if one or more of the chords contain notes that are not in the pentatonic scale you are using?

  20. Wow, this excercise is really cool. With this I was able to create some music that had a beginning middle and end.

  21. While playing the pentatonic scale with the right hand, can one choose any chord from any scale to play on the left hand?
    Or does the chords from the left hand have to be from the same scale as the right hands pentatonic scale?

  22. This is a great think to learn so you can jam with your guitar buddies, since most guitar players know the pentatonic scale

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