Diatonic Improvising (suggestions) Piano Pages   William Wieland
Prerequisites: Pentatonic Improvising and several major cadence patterns. (See Piano Pages, center.)
A. Listen. Let your ear guide your performances.
B. Memorize the following chord progression. It consists of 2 phrases, antecedent and consequent.
  I   IV   I   V  
  I   IV   V   I
    i.e.     Printed Music
C. You might begin with the following accompaniment patterns. They are elaborations of the C major Cadence Pattern.

Easy March
Printed Music
Another March
Printed Music
Printed Music
Alberti Bass
Printed Music
D. Improvise a melody which fits your harmonic progression. Begin in C major.
  1. You might begin by playing long tones in your right hand, e.g. Long Tones - Progression 1.
  2. Choose your own long tones. Make certain each right hand note is a note of the left hand chord.
  3. Play a different rhythm in your right hand, e.g. Repeated Rhythms - Progression 1.
  4. Invent your own rhythm, but keep your left hand steady.
  5. With the simple rhythm of Repeated Rhythms - Progression 1, choose right hand notes from the current left hand chord.
  6. Finally, add nonchord tones, e.g. Passing Tones - Progression 1
  7. The consequent phrase will sound most conclusive if it cadences on tonic and a long tone.
  8. End the antecedent on a less final scale degree than the consequent. I suggest the second scale degree on a long tone.
  9. Mix and match from all of the above.
  10. Finally, learn in several keys.
E. For the piano proficiency, memorize another progression.
"Progression 2"   V   I   IV   V  
  I   IV   V   I
  1. Long Tones - Progression 2
  2. Repeated Rhythms - Progression 2
  3. Neighboring Tones - Progression 2

"Yet Another Progression"   V   I   V   I  
  IV   I   V   I