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Improvising Using Your Current Piece (5)

Improvising with a chord progression, or repeated bass, from your current piece

The given examples are from Tchaikovsky’s Old French Song (sometimes called “Romance”), and Burgmüller’s La Chevaleresque. Here is the opening section of Tchaikovsky’s Old French Song: First, as usual, work out the key and the three primary chords, I, IV and V(7), playing them in root position and the usual piano friendly positions and inversions shown below. Notice that minor chords are described with lower case roman numerals. Now, analyse the chord progression in the first section of the Old French Song (eight bars). Remember that you can...

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