Trying to improvise as a musician is overwhelming – or it’s boring. There are two approaches to improvisations musicians typically choose. One gives them so many options they don’t know what to play, and the other gives them so fixed a structure that they end up playing like a robot. Either way, the result rarely sounds musical. Fortunately there is an easy and effective way to learn to improvise musically.

Here’s the problem: if you or I sit down at a piano (for exam