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The Excursions Series contains five improvisational pieces with very flexible musical parameters.

Students are encouraged to improvise freely and even create their own compositions from the musical elements presented in each lesson.

Each Excursion has only one video and one audio lesson.  As you progress through each Excursion song in the series, the degree of difficulty increases.

 

Here is the complete Excursions series:

 

 

 

 

This is the first Excursion and it is at a beginner level.  It is a more free improvisation version of the Chimes of Ling Lun song from another series in the Piano Zen program.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is the second Excursion and it is at a beginner level.  Here we explore Gregorian Chant.  The hands play together and create chant like melodies in a flowing, intuitive way.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is the third Excursion and it is at an intermediate level. We explore a musical motif called the Meditation Bell.  The Meditation Bell comes from the introduction of the song Inner Sojourn.  Inner Sojourn is found in a different series of the Piano Zen program.

We take the Meditation Bell motif as a musical building block to create an interesting improvisation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is the fourth Excursion and it is at an intermediate level.  Gongs of the Zen Garden uses both hands in a completely different ways to create improvisations.

The left hand plays a repeating accompaniment pattern as the right hand improvises on black notes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is the fifth Excursion and it is at an advanced level.  Monet’s Garden has a touch of French Impressionism flavor to it.  Like Gongs of the Zen Garden, Monet’s Garden uses both hands in completely different ways to create beautiful improvisations.

The left hand plays a repeating accompaniment pattern as the right hand improvises on the

F Phrygian Mode.

 

 

 

Course Curriculum

Excursions with The Chimes of Ling Lun – Lesson 1 – Video Demo 00:05:00
The material for this lesson is based on the previous version of "Chimes of Ling Lun" that was earlier in the course but here the student is given more creative freedom.
Excursions with Chimes Of Ling Lun – Lesson 1 – Audio – Beginner Skill Level 00:30:00
The material for this lesson is based on the previous version of "Chimes of Ling Lun" that was earlier in the course but here the student is given more creative freedom.
Excursions with Gregorian Chant – Lesson 2 – Video Demo 00:05:00
Explore and express yourself at the piano
Excursions with Gregorian Chant – Lesson 2 – Audio – Beginner Skill Level 00:35:00
This Excursion is based on a modal scale used in Gregorian Chant.
Excursions with The Meditation Bell – Lesson 3 – Video Demo 00:06:00
This Excursion is based on the Meditation Bell that comes from the song "Inner Sojourn" which is also found in the Piano Zen program.
Excursions with The Meditation Bell – Lesson 3 – Audio – Intermediate Level 00:35:00
The Meditation Bell is a short musical idea that you can use to build a more complicated and creative improvisation. It comes from the introduction of the song "Inner Sojourn".
Excursions with Gongs of The Zen Garden – Lesson 4 – Intermediate Skill Level 00:05:00
Gongs of the Zen Garden uses only black notes. It requires a little more hand coordination skill.
Excursions with Gongs of The Zen Garden – Lesson 4 – Audio Intermediate Skill 00:42:00
In Gongs of the Zen Garden the left hand plays a repeating accompaniment pattern while the right hand improvises on black notes
Excursions in Monet’s Garden – Lesson 5 – Video Demo 00:09:00
This advanced level Excursion has a touch of French Impressionist flavor to it.
Excursions in Monet’s Garden – Lesson 5 – Audio – Advanced Skill Level 00:45:00
The key is to have fun and simply listen to your own intuitive, creative voice.
Course Quiz 00:08:00

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