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Barb Wimmer
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Attempting to improvise with myself. I think I just confused myself. This is You Raise me Up with one flat b. So therefore this song is in the key of f? And therefore I am playing an f major scale or notes from the f major scale or I think I am playing notes from f major scale to try  and improvise with the song I am playing. F g a bflat c d e f.  Suggestions? Thoughts? It is kinda a train wreck but am I going in right direction? Where to go what to do from here?  Didnít record face yet as was trying to focus on sound rather than my cringe and oh maybe a few notes didnít sound so bad. Thanks for listening 
Barb Wimmer
7 Responses
Posted: August 13, 2019
Last Comment: August 14, 2019

Posted: August 14, 2019
Hi Barbara, for tempo think bpm with the metronome, in other words how fast or slow the piece is played. For this piece 60 bpm is the tempo.

For rhythm think of a measure of time i.e. 4 beats at 60bpm and what are the note values and what do they look like? In your pickup measure you have a partial measure of "and 4 and". That's a rhythm. Then for the 1st measure you have 4 beats that look like this" "1 and 2" "and" "3 and" "4 and". Those are also rhythms.

So for improvising 'feel' the down beat of each measure, so you can be in sync with the music, but you have the freedom to do any rhythms you choose within each of those 4 beats of time. You could play a whole note, two half notes, a rest and a half note, or a more complex rhythm in any notes in F Major as you have done here in this video where it sounded fabulous.

Hope this helps and you are doing this already!

Ted Adachi
Posted: August 14, 2019
Hi Barb,
Just playing is good. At this point, you're kind of throwing things at the wall and seeing what sticks. It takes a long time to work up the repertoire of things that stick and the only way to get there is to keep on throwing.

Barb Wimmer
Posted: August 14, 2019
Thanks everybody. So since this song is in f major key right and the key signature has one flat b then it is f major scale one would use to improvise.  And tempo vs rhythm I need to review again. That is another challenge. I think I need to change my thinking pattern from this note sounds good with this note to play the key=scale notes fast and slow in sync maybe write out what works and add notes for dissonance but add the ending probably on f note. Tempo and rhythm are not the same. 

Posted: August 14, 2019
Timothy I always used to wonder the same thing about that Bb in the key of FM. Then I realized it was the whole steps and half steps of the Major scale that determined the key and not the recognition of flats or sharps on the staff. WWHWWWH. So F G A Bb C D E F. But being a pianist you probably know this. Then can look at the staff when there is more than one flat on the staff with the next to last flat. For instance the next key is Bb major with 2 flats on the staff. Fun stuff!

Timothy Smith
Posted: August 14, 2019
Very nice playing Barb!! I admire your intonation. Yes you refer to the key of F. Confusing for someone who hasn't read notation. In my mind it should be the key of Bb :). Nice the way you put the parts together.

Jaime - Orlando , Fl
Posted: August 14, 2019
Very well done Barb!
I think your intonation is spot on! 
Perhaps focusing with the tempo Ö. if you have a cover music you can follow, that would be great! I think I hear like a musical cover with a violin in harmony.... to be played like a duet?
It is coming along grand! Keep it up! :)

Posted: August 14, 2019
Barb there were times in this where it added a lot of excitement to the piece and it sounded professional! I think you are doing exactly the right thing by experimenting to see what you like and didn't like and write those ideas down and build on them. Good luck and great job!