Piano Improvisation Contest Winner - Miriam

Posted by Yoke Wong on 5/31/2013 to Harmony & Melody Studio News

Come and meet Miriam - the 2nd place winner of 2013 Piano Improvisation Contest.

You will learn about her musical journey in this blog video post.

Location: Hong Kong

Song she improvised: Spring Of Hope

How long have you been playing the piano?

I have been playing the piano over forty years.

What was the first song you learned to play on the piano?

I forgot it.

What is your favorite song to play on the piano?

The Love of God

What is your favorite musician?

No specific musician

What inspired you to learn piano improvising?

I have been the church pianist for a long period of time. I play both traditional hymns and contemporary hymns. A few years ago, I became aware that my music techniques were so limited, they affected my playing. So I learned piano improvising to improve my skills.

How did you learn piano improvisational techniques?

I searched through the internet and found someone who taught advanced piano improvisational techniques. Besides, I purposely found someone who taught traditional hymns with new arrangements. I bought some DVDs from different teachers, and tried to learn their skills one by one.

How did you like Yoke Wong’s piano courses and free newsletters? What did you learn from them?

Yoke Wong is one of my favorite teachers. I really like her piano courses and newsletters. The newsletters were so helpful, the piano tips were so practical yet easily to learn. I loved her piano improvisational courses. She explained the technique in details, students could follow easily. After learning for a while, I have great improvement on my keyboard and my piano playing is going to the next level. I would like to give big thanks and honor to my teacher Yoke Wong. I used all the techniques she taught to create the song “ Springs of Hope”. I never dreamed of myself could create such a beautiful song. It is really amazing.

What advice would you give to all the piano players out there?

People learned classical music usually play from sheet music. Their talents were limited by the pieces and music notes. I trust the piano improvisation is the key to open our music mind and creativity. It helps us to play freely on the keyboard. Learning improvisation benefits both young and experience ones. For beginners, I suggest they learn one technique at a time, until they master the technique very well before going to the next one. Since It will help to improve the learning curve. For experience keyboard players, do not be afraid to apply what they have learned, they will amaze their music creativity far beyond their mind setting. Enjoy playing!

Comment from Yoke Wong:

Big congrats to Miriam!

Beautiful expression and great techniques shown throughout the piece. I love your left hand rolls starting at 1:00 minute - this brightens the whole piece.

Thank you for sharing your piano playing experience!


You may consider adding more complexity to your melody line. It gets mundane after repeating several times. But I think your left hand variation makes this piece interesting!

Big shout-out:

Admire your determination and desires to continuously learning new skills. May the Lord expands your musical skills as you continue to serve Him.

The techniques she used are covered by the piano lessons in Definitive Piano Improvisation course, the award winner of "Best Tool for Improvisation".

Definitive Piano Improvisation Course



Date: 6/4/2013
Its inspiring! Thank you for sharing your passion and gift with us, Miriam!
catheine morton
Date: 6/4/2013
lovely iam still interested
catheine morton
Date: 6/4/2013
i got the 2 pices fur lise and canon d havent practiced them liike i wanted to . but iam here thanks
catheine morton
Date: 6/4/2013
whats next
Date: 6/4/2013
I ordered the improvisation course and it sat idle on the shelf for months while I completed one of Wong's other courses. I'm finally working my way through it. Miriam's recital was inspirational even though I've only been playing for 1-1/5 years.
Date: 6/4/2013
Date: 6/4/2013
It amazing and wonderful,i want to be like her
Nancy Allen
Date: 6/4/2013
I enjoyed Miriam's piece very much and congratulate her for her accomplishment. I agree that she needs to vary the melody some more to make it more interesting. I would like to know what contest it was; where it was, who held the contest. Thanks.
Bethany Downey
Date: 6/4/2013
Such a beautiful song!!! Great improvisation skills!!!
Lisa L.
Date: 6/4/2013
Dear Miriam, Thank You for sharing the Video! W O W That was very very encouraging . . . . I also appreciated you answers to the questions that you were asked.
Shirley Anderson
Date: 6/4/2013
Beautiful music, very inspiring. I can't wait until I learn to play like that.
mabel marilyn
Date: 6/5/2013
Excellent playing,the dynamics were really so good. Pleasant in hearing.I especially loved your hand movements. I can still remember this song, while everyone in our piano class comm[eted with each other in improvising this small bit. But of-course! your improvisation is brilliant!!! Great job and commendable one!!!
Mark Kamoski
Date: 6/5/2013
Dear Miriam -- I really appreciate that you shared your experience and journey with us. It is so nice to hear your playing, and it is truly beautiful. You are really inspiring to me. Dear Yoke -- You are simply awesome. A great teacher. A great player. And a really fine human. Your kindness and patience and skill is so very apparent in all you do. Thanks.
bibek bhattarai
Date: 6/5/2013
thanks for share it,i impressed with your few words.thanks woke wong also.
Date: 6/7/2013
Hi Nancy, We hosted our first Piano Improvisation contest in Jan. 2013. Quite a few people participated in the contest. Three winners were selected from the finalists. For more information, please visit <a href="http://www.pianomother.com/Contest-Rules.html">http://www.pianomother.com/Contest-Rules.html</a>.
Date: 6/10/2013
I am so happy to read all the comments. Thank you so much for your appreciation. Master the improvisation techniques are the key to create music pieces. Yoke Wong improviation course are your best choice.
Liane Shishnia
Date: 6/13/2013
Very impressive of her playing. I have learned so much from Yoke Wong's improvisation course. I bought the whole set of books and DVDs. They are very useful. I still find many interesting things to use in my playing. Thank you Yoke Wong. Sincerely, Liane
Date: 6/17/2013
Great song,great improvisation.Very very nice for the ear and soul.
Nordin mohd yusof
Date: 6/25/2013
I fell so happy with u
Betty johnson
Date: 6/17/2014
That was beautiful, I agree practice, is the answer here. I love yoke Wong s piano lessons , such an inspiration . I need more patience.. But thanks so much.

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