Piano Improvisation: A Powerful Practical System

By Frank Caruso and Karl Mollison



Book, spiral bound, 8.5 x 11"

154 pages, 189 figures 


© 2010 Frank Caruso and Karl Mollison


Have you ever wanted to learn piano improvisation but thought it was too hard? This piano book is for you. It demystifies music theory and how great improvisers never seem to hit wrong notes or run out of ideas for how to play the piano with interesting improvised solos.

Are you a piano teacher with students wanting to understand piano chord progressions so they can "play the changes?" Here is a complete piano course, a logical sequence of piano lessons to learn music theory and develop muscle memory for correct fingering. This piano book is ideal for beginning to intermediate piano students and any other instrumentalists looking for a streamlined improvising technique that really works. It gets you past your fear so you develop muscle memory to have chords and scales at your fingertips.

Finally, there’s a piano music book showing how to play keyboard to 
improvise music in any style: jazz, rock, easy listening, New Age, country, or just the blues. It's based on the system used by a piano prodigy with 30 years experience performing and teaching a simplified system of piano improvisation. Although the book can be used by beginning piano students and improvisers, advanced keyboard players will find it a bargain just to have the chapter on fingering secrets. 

Learn How To:

  • Improvise keyboard solos effortlessly like the pros
  • Train your fingers to improvise with muscle memory
  • Develop piano improvising skill in all 12 keys with simple exercises
  • Learn left hand piano chords without knowing the bass clef
  • Analyze tunes to know correct scale notes for improvising
  • Improvise blues melodies using blues scales and chords
  • Play beautiful piano chords using a simple two-hand open voicing
  • Voice piano chords for accompaniment or solo performance
  • Create piano solos with chord tone patterns and scale patterns
  • Use keyboard fingering secrets to never run out of fingers
  • Overcome problems and achieve more playing speed on the piano
  • Quickly transpose pieces to an easier key
  • Employ the top techniques used by all good music improvisers
  • Use proper keyboard hovering technique for playing improvisations
  • Automatically start piano solos with the best finger
  • and much, much, more!

What Reviewers are Saying:

"Frank Caruso is a great jazz player, and his book is loaded with useful information for anyone who really wants to learn how to play jazz. Highly recommended!"

Jim McNeely, Grammy award winning jazz pianist, composer, and arranger; faculty member of Manhatten School of Music and William Paterson University

"Frank Caruso has identified a need in jazz education materials and has moved to fill it with “Piano Improvisation.” This book is both thorough and extremely accessible to an inexperienced pianist. All the essential ingredients are present to help a pianist develop into an excellent player!" 

Dan Haerle, Professor Emeritus, University of North Texas

"Frank Caruso and Karl Mollison have combined their talents to create a thorough, well organized approach to jazz piano improvisation. This text will be indispensable to students, educators and professionals and will be a welcome addition to any serious musician's library." 

Doug Beach, Director of Jazz Studies, Elmhurst College

"Frank Caruso's new text "Piano Improvisation" is an absolute "must-have" for aspiring jazz pianists of all levels. In fact, this book is a great asset for all jazz musicians regardless of their instrument."

Jack Mouse, Coordinator of Jazz Studies, North Central College

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