Piano Improvisation Recordings by Jackie

Posted by Yoke Wong on 9/15/2012 to Inspirational Stories

Recently I received an email from Jackie who lives in Texas.  With her permission, I’d like to share her email with you.

“Hi Ms. Wong. I don't have a video, but I was able to make a recording. I started on the lesson on color chords/maj7 chords today. For the first time, I was able to play something that wasn't written on paper and it didn't sound half bad. There are a few "oopses" but I was trying to capture the moment before it escaped me. I just started playing what I felt using the Fmaj7 chord as a starting point. Wow, how liberating!!!!!!!!!
Thank you, thank you, thank you!”

Here are the two recordings of Jackie.

Recording 1 (F Major 7th) - A beautiful ballad style composed primarily with major 7th chord is used in this song. You can hear the nostalgic left hand pattern throughout the whole song. Not bad for a first time improviser.

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Recording 2 (D Major) - Jackie was able to creatively arrange and improvise her music using dynamics and theme notes. She played the music with expression and emotion throughout the composition.

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The techniques she used are covered by the piano lessons in Definitive Piano Improvisation course. She ordered the course on July 23, 2012.

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Barbara Hansen
Date: 9/25/2012 4:29:44 PM
Congratulations, Jackie. This was impressive.
Kathy H.
Date: 9/25/2012 4:45:42 PM
Jackie, how lovely! You sound like you've been improvising for a long time. The recording quality is decent, too. What kind of microphone & recording equipment did you use?
Date: 9/25/2012 5:43:29 PM
It's lovely. I wish I could do that too.
maurice savaria
Date: 9/25/2012 6:41:46 PM
That was great you certainly have both hands working together. Keep up the good work. Maurice
Emmanuel A I
Date: 9/25/2012 6:49:38 PM
Oh Jackie,dat has been my dreams. what's d secret? DVD, Yoke Piano lesson or U're gifted?. Ms Yoke,help my dreams come true. Thou iam try'g my best. tnx
Date: 9/25/2012 6:54:22 PM
This is very very good I do like the appregio on the left hand, very consistent flow...keep practicing. I like it alot
Dorcas Khor
Date: 9/25/2012 8:44:23 PM
Dear Yoke Wong, I am not good in using computer. Moreover, my computer set is an old set. So I can't do recording, sometimes I even have problem in down loading your lesson. Anyway, I am still playing using all the books which I bought from you. Even the book that you mention above I do have it too. I think I am a slow learner. Hope that one day you will hear from me that I am playing for my Sunday School children which is my main aim of taking up this lesson. Bye Dorcas
Date: 9/25/2012 8:44:42 PM
Nice job keep it up
Date: 9/25/2012 9:35:00 PM
Hubba-hubba -- That's outstanding.
Cheryel Cannon
Date: 9/25/2012 10:58:02 PM
Jackie, You play so beautiful in such a short time. Keep up with your practice.
Date: 9/25/2012 11:51:28 PM
Hi Jackie, Congratulations!! I loved both pieces but particularly the first piece in FM7 - any chance of obtaining the sheet music to this piece? - What a great idea to record our pieces and send them to Yoke. Keep up the good work. Yours Pianistically, Helena
Date: 9/26/2012 12:32:17 AM
good pm ms. yoke wong. i appreciate ms. jackie song. you know ms. wong, i really envious other people who have a talent,. but they learn also thru your lessons and especially, the books... unfortunately i can't afford to buy any books or any materials connecting piano lessons... that's why i contended only in videos...
Date: 9/26/2012 1:48:40 AM
Sounds very great and peaceful, congratulations, Jesse
Date: 9/26/2012 2:29:00 AM
Hi - I have had this course gathering dust on my piano for 2 years!! Time is not me friend at the moment but how apt I woke up today determined to set aside time each day to finally complete the course and there was the email containing the recordings (which are wonderful)!! Your playing and achievments have inspired me!! Sandie
Alan Teng
Date: 9/26/2012 4:46:51 AM
Hi Jacky,Congratulations for your both music,yeh you look like such experiences pianist,just work a bid hard on your right hand that the one York Wong teach us by playing the melody Chord by Chord then you are really the Perfect One.Bless you.Alan Teng
Sandra Thomas
Date: 9/26/2012 5:31:42 AM
Sounds like you have the gift of improvising and with Yoke's marvelous course you are making great headway. This spurs me on to practice more and try and remember all the different lessons in the course. Good luck and keep practising. Regards Sandra from Wales United Kingdom. (Wales is the country on the west side of England)
Date: 9/26/2012 5:37:08 AM
Cool! Superb!
Date: 9/26/2012 10:05:36 PM
Hi Jacky, what a beautiful sound you created. Thank you for sharing it with us.
serma pandian
Date: 9/26/2012 10:39:48 PM
Wonderful. But is it possible for everyone?
Date: 9/26/2012 11:03:58 PM
Wonderful Jacky, are you playing those with a sheet music?
Date: 9/26/2012 11:08:52 PM
Wonderful Jacky, I can't play piano without the assistance of sheet music..
Avril Galp
Date: 9/27/2012 7:47:10 AM
Yoke, I couldn't get to hear either of these, When I clicked on them they wouldn't download. Please help Avril Cape Town South Africa.
Date: 9/27/2012 8:50:46 AM
HI Can I get the score of Recording 2 (D Major) - Jackie was able to creatively arrange and improvise her music using dynamics and theme notes. She played the music with expression and emotion throughout the composition, please.
Date: 9/27/2012 9:02:56 AM
@ Serma Pandian, yes it is possible for everyone to learn how to improvise just like what Jackie did. All you need are patience, determination, and lots of practice.
Date: 9/27/2012 9:05:55 AM
@ Avril Galp, I'm not sure why you can't play the music on your computer. What web browser are you using?
Date: 9/27/2012 9:07:19 AM
@ Wong, thank you for appreciating Jackie's works. Unfortunately we don't have a score of her two recordings.
Shirley Barnes
Date: 9/27/2012 3:54:21 PM
BEAUTIFUL. You just inspired me to practice more frequently - and with a purpose!!!
maureen lim
Date: 9/28/2012 8:45:51 PM
I can't find the player icon.
Date: 9/29/2012 6:06:36 PM
Jackie has got musical talent good luck to her. keep up Jackie. Thanks Yoke you always inspired me to practice since i bought the books from you I am still practicing.
Corine Gallego
Date: 9/30/2012
Dear Ms Wong Jackie sounded impressive. I would love to learn how to play by ear. I have to have sheet music or chords and it is very inhibiting.
Date: 9/30/2012 12:16:45 PM
We have heard something very beautiful music by Jackie. Thank you so much! How easy flowing hands, how wonderful sound! Very much congratulations to our honored and lovely Teacher Yoke Wong! Go on, Jackie, I´m your admirer too!
Date: 9/30/2012 3:55:01 PM
It is very beautiful. Congratulations. I have not played for the last five months, after listening to you I'm going back to practices. Thanks for sharing. God bless
Date: 10/4/2012
thanks so much,to share with us this wonderful music you mean a lot to me. thanks,God bles
minerva olaves
Date: 10/12/2012
I am begining con Popular Piano at Caracaas, Venezuela in a free music school. I am journalist. I am 70 years old. I love what Jackie play. I think I wont be able to play her songs right now. I would like to try to play birthday song and easy songs. The free improvisation music lesson what Ms, Wong play ís very fast for me to take note. I would like to have the music sheets to practice at home. I will appreciate if you can send my this pages by e.mail. I cant send dollars because we have co
Mary Jo
Date: 11/2/2012
Jackie...Lovely to listen to to your composition and to hear the joy and satisfaction you are experiencing in playing something so delightful and self expressive! It all comes through in your music. Yoke... My improvisations were falling into a bit of a rut. Your lesson on using the 2nd sparked a new piece that sounds entirely new. Thanks for the wonderful course and your postings. So glad you offered those first free tutorials!
Date: 11/22/2012
I agree with Jackie that her attempt was not "half bad". It was a good attempt considering the fact that she started not long ago. This is a challenge to most of us trying to keep faith with the lessons. Yoke, I want to congratulate you for the success Jackie has been able to exhibit within this short period. Keep it up and God bless.
Date: 6/5/2013
pls help to improvise because am always stack with chords thanks
Ma. Vicenta Gacutan
Date: 11/22/2013
Yes Yoke, the compositions are beautiful although I like the first one more. Thank you for sharing them. I am a member of a church choir group and once in a while I accompany the group on the piano. The lessons on accompaniment and improvisation do come in handy especially when the songs don't have notes for accompaniment. Thank you so much.
Date: 11/22/2013
Well done Jackie, i love the sound on both chords, is wonderful and great, it is exactly the type of sound i like to play. To My teacher Ms Yoke , I am young church piano player , i play more of hymns and Accompaniment ,i love to buy the following courses from you DEFINITIVE PIANO IMPROVISATION COURSE, LEFT HAND STYLES, HANDS CO-ORDINATION FILLS AND FILLERS, PIANO ACCOMPANIMENT. But the price is a little bit high for me , i am not working , i started playing piano 7 months ago. Your free lesson news letters has really made difference in my piano playing pattern . Please apart from the free lesson , is there way you can help me, i am desperate in need of your assistance.Hope to hear from you God bless you pls help me play like Jackie.
Fernando DeJesus
Date: 11/22/2013
MS.Yoke thank you! for your Email. JACKIE. congratulation! you have. a great mentor. It is great to have music to play. Imagine a year ago you were not able. to play this music piece it pay to practice Ms Yoke is great teacher young and dedicated. My blessing to your success in your music field.
Pete from Calif.
Date: 11/22/2013
You did a great job. Keep up the good music. Do you give lessons?
Nshimiyimana Jean Pierre
Date: 11/23/2013
Nice sounding! help me, when i read music sheet i somewhere fail to go on reading,tell me how to memorize music notes and how to fix in the mirror for read both treble and bass clef notes. i bought Mastering the art of sight reading.Thank you.
Cheryl Hillman
Date: 11/23/2013
Dear Yoke Wong, Wow, I was quite impressed with this girls music. How experienced do you have to be to take this course? I think I am begginer to early intermediate. I have taken Adult piano lessons for 3 years, so I am in the Adult lessons books in yr 3 half way through. My piano teacher has had to away go away to take care of family matters, so I won't have her arroud anymore. I have done Books One & Two of Adult Piano Adventues by Nancy & Rabdal Faber and am currently halfway through Alfreds Basic Adult Piano Course book 3. Can you adise. I really love to play the piano and I can also pick out melodys by ear as well. Please email me. Frustrated...Id hate to lose what I have already learned. Cheryl
Ruben Pascual
Date: 11/23/2013
Fantastic...very touching.
mabel marilyn
Date: 11/24/2013
This sounds really good and wonderful . Hats off to you Jackie. I am very much by your music.I hope you must really be a prodigy because I can feel that music is instinct in you. Keep going.
Date: 11/24/2013
@Cheryl H. - I think you can give the definitive piano impro course a try - considering you have taken adult piano lessons for 3 years and you have some understanding on basic principles. Yoke
Betty johnson
Date: 11/25/2013
I can't seem to get this video, of Jackie ' s I'm not so good at the PC. But I'm practicing all I can, love the piano, and I love your lessons yoke Wong, you do such good work. Thanks much.
Date: 11/25/2013
Well done Jackie! What an amazing record and you learn in such a short time! Seriously, you have got mad skills! Keep up the good job! Xxx
Betty johnson
Date: 12/31/2013
I clicked on the, but couldn't get it. Sorry. But from the lessons I've gotten so are very well brought across, I was able to understand fully thanks so much. Love your work yoke.
Matt Speights
Date: 4/12/2014
Thank you Ms Yoke Wong for providing the Piano Instructions that is so vital to the Road to Professionalism. Thanks for the step by step Methodology that you use to make sure your students get a firm grip of subject matter of Music and incorporate them in their own quest for Piano Professionalism. I have more levels to reach in my quest to play Gospel Music but you have provided the necessary tools need to do so. Once again thanks. Recently added 121 Left Hand Patterns to my studied. It is vital to /in the production of Professionally sounding Piano Performances.
Lettie Byrdic
Date: 12/3/2014
Mrs. Wong, I dearly love your video of Amazing Grace" using suspended chords. Is it possible to get a written copy of this? I have had very little formal training but can read music. I have played hymns straight from the hymnal for years and a. m beginning to improvise a little but would kike to do so much more. I know there is lots of practice involved. Can you advise me as to the best courses to order first? I am 71 years old and need to really get to work an learn to do this. Thank you! Lettie Byrdic
Date: 12/4/2014
Hi Lettie Byrdic, Thank you for posting your comment on our blog article. You can learn how to play hymns in a more beautiful and artistic way. Lessons are found in The Essentials of Great Hymn Arrangement course. This is a perfect gift for yourself this Christmas. The course also covers the hymn Amazing Grace and other favorite hymns. You can apply the techniques taught in this course in all other hymns. For more information about this course please visit http://www.pianomother.com/Hymn_Arrangement_Piano_Course.html.

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