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In the Chimes of Ling Lun, you learn to improvise by playing entirely on the black notes of the piano.

Improvisations are always slightly different because the pianist is not playing from a musical score.  Instead, the pianists practices individual exercises, learning how to randomly manipulate them in numerous ways.  Over time, the pianist combines various exercises together in random ways to create interesting, improvised melodies.

What makes the black notes so much fun and easy to use for improvisation, is that all of the black notes blend together very well.  You can’t play a wrong note! They sound very pleasing to the ear because they form a unique 5 note scale – referred to as a pentatonic scale. Many cultures throughout the world use various forms of pentatonic scales in their music.

The black notes also are easy to find on the keyboard. There are a total of five black notes on the piano keyboard and they are placed in 2 and 3 black note groups

There is an interesting twist, in the Chimes of Ling Lun series, you will play the keyboard in a non-traditional way.  You will use your 3rd fingers ( middle fingers ) like mallets to play the black keys. Much like a vibe or marimba player uses mallets.  Although somewhat unusual, this technique allows a beginning pianist to move around the keyboard much more freely.  Traditional piano technique, where the hands are in a set finger positions, limits your improvisational options.

 

Course Curriculum

Chimes Of Ling Lun – Lesson 1 – Video – Intro To The Black Key Pentatonic Scale 00:05:00
This video shows an overview of the introductory exercises in the Chimes of Ling Lun. They are very basic to familiarize the student with moving up and down the black key scale using just the 3rd fingers.
Chimes Of Ling Lun – Lesson 1 (Part I) – Audio – Playing Up and Down the Black Key Scale 00:37:00
This audio begins with basic techniques of using the 3rd fingers to play up and down the black key scale.
Chimes Of Ling Lun – Lesson 1 (Part II) – Audio – Playing Up and Down the Black Key Scale 00:30:00
In Part II of Lesson 1, you will move up and down the black key scale in a linear way.
Chimes of Ling Lun – Lesson 2 – Video – Rhythm Combinations 00:05:00
This video overview covers a few basic rhythm combinations that you will learn in the audio lesson.
Chimes Of Ling Lun – Lesson 2 – Audio – Rhythm Combinations 00:50:00
In this audio lesson we be playing basic rhythm combinations up and down the black key scale.
Chimes of Ling Lun – Lesson 3 – Video – Rhythm Sequences And Random Changes 00:05:00
This video gives an overview of rhythm sequences and random changes concept found in the audio lesson 3.
Chimes of Ling Lun – Lesson 3 – Audio – Rhythm Sequences & Random Changes 00:45:00
In this audio lesson you will expand the range of notes we use on the keyboard for the Chimes of Ling Lun and include rhythm combinations and random changes.
Chimes of Ling Lun – Lesson 4 – Video -Musical Motifs & Intuitive Improvisation 00:05:00
The video overview coves the musical motif idea covered in the audio lesson 4. Musical motifs are building blocks for expanding the complexity of your improvisations.
Chimes of Ling Lun – Lesson 4 – Audio – Musical Motifs & Intuitive Improv 00:50:00
In this audio lesson the concept of musical motifs are introduced. It also explores the random concept more thoroughly.
Conclusion: Chimes of Ling Lun – Lesson 5 – Audio – Advanced Concepts 00:40:00
The conclusion of the Chimes of Ling Lun series
Conclusion: Chimes of Ling Lun – Lesson 5 – Video – Putting it All Together and Advanced Rhythms 00:30:00
This video overview covers the audio lesson 5 material. You will introduced more advanced rhythmic concepts. These rhythms are for students that are ready to add more challenging options to their improvisations.

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