Improvisation for Classically-Trained Pianists
How to Play from Chord Charts
This book teaches you how to play from music which has a melody line and chord symbols. It takes you through a step-by-step process, with plenty of practice examples, that will give you the freedom to play with confidence.
“I learned piano when I was young, but I never play anymore.” “I want to be able to just pick up anything and play it.” “What do I do with my left hand when the music just has melody and chord symbols?”
Sound familiar? Now you can sit down on a Sunday afternoon and just play music - good, full, rich-sounding music that suits your own level of development, and your own level of energy on any particular day.
This book will help you:
- Turn a melody line and chords and into a full piano arrangement
- Play from ‘busking books,’ ‘fake charts,’ or ‘lead sheets’
- Re-arrange songs with chords marked in which are too easy or too hard
- Turn songs you have composed or worked out by ear into full arrangements
How to order this book
Ach du lieber Augustin • Advance Australia Fair • After the Ball • All Through the Night • Amazing Grace • Annie Laurie • Auld Lang Syne • Aura Lee • Away in a Manger • Banana Boat Song • Beautiful Dreamer • Botany Bay • Brahms’ Lullaby • Casta Diva • Click Go the Shears • Country Gardens • Daisy • Danny Boy • Dona Nobis Pacem • Down By the Old Mill Stream • Drink to Me Only With Thine Eyes • Greensleeves • Handel’s Largo • Happy Birthday • I Do Like to be Beside the Seaside • I Gave My Love a Cherry • I’ll Take You Home Again Kathleen • Jerusalem • Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring • Jingle Bells • Joy to the World • Let the Rest of the World Go By • Loch Lomond • My Bonnie • My Wild Irish Rose • New World Symphony • O Holy Night • O Little Town of Bethlehem • Ode to Joy • Oh No John • Pokarekare Ana • Polovstian Dances • Pomp and Circumstance • Scarborough Fair • Shenandoah • Silent Night • Silver Threads Among the Gold • Skye Boat Song • Steal Away • Sweet and Low • Swing Low Sweet Chariot • The Gift to be Simple • The Water is Wide • Veni Creator Spiritus • Waltzing Matilda • We Wish You a Merry Christmas • What a Friend We Have in Jesus • When Johnny Comes Marching Home • When the Saints Go Marching In • The Wild Colonial Boy
Need some lessons?
Sometimes you just need to ask questions! Susan can give you a lesson (or more lessons if needed) from her studio in Leichhardt, in Sydney’s Inner West, at a casual hourly rate. Regular lessons are available too, for children or adults. If you’re not in Sydney, maybe you can have a lesson via Zoom!
Cover painting by Ron Deas