Improvisation & Arranging
Improvising and arranging are both very powerful, both in performance and in practice! It is certainly not limited to jazz music and can take your understanding (and therefore enjoyment) of music to a whole new level.
Improvisation used to be an integral part of even classical music, with the likes of Bach, Mozart, and Beethoven. We have forgotten this tradition over the years, yet there is a movement to bringing it back.
Improvising in the Style of Classical Composers
Mary Had a Little Lamb in the style of ... Debussy? Bach? Mozart? Prokofiev? Take a listen!
Daniel Barenboim on Improvisation
Daniel Barenboim, world-famous classical pianist, discusses the art of improvisation.
Yuja Wang Plays (an arrangement of) Rondo Alla Turca (arr. Volodos) (submitted by Abby H.)
A great combination of creativity and skill!
You could play a difficult section of a piece over and over until you get it. But a more meaningful way to practice it is through looping it while varying each time you play!