The Improviser's Toolkit

Arm yourself with some tools for throwing down amazing solos over chord changes!

2 Hours
7 Sections

What is life but improvisation? If you're a living, breathing human, you're already a pro at existing on the fly — rolling with the punches and trying to scratch out your own, unique tune. We want to help you capture that in your music.

This course was designed to give early improvisers some tools to craft an amazing solo over a set of chord changes. While the course is taught through piano, many of these techniques are useful no matter what instrument you're soloing with. 

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Mahea Lee

Performer, Composer, Educator

Mahea Lee is a classical pianist who went to a jazz school and eventually found herself leading an electro group. She is passionate about musical composition in all its forms — from songwriting to traditional SATB to post-bop-influenced pieces, and everything in between. She's worked as an educator, an arranger, a performer, an accompanist, and a music director.

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Course Outline

  1. Section 1


  2. Section 2


  3. Section 3

    Chord Tones

  4. Section 4

    Common Tones

  5. Section 5


  6. Section 6


  7. Section 7



"The Improviser's Toolkit" was designed to help musicians improve their improvisational skills and build their confidence. It offers an insightful and achievable approach to playing better solos on the spot in just about any musical genre. While "The Improviser's Toolkit" was written with beginner to early intermediate pianists in mind, it's also a great resource for any musician who's learning to solo over chord progressions.

By the end of this course you will have covered five improvisational tools and a handful of tips and strategies for using them. Tools include:

  • Listening/Transcription
  • Chord Tones
  • Common Tones
  • Rhythm
  • Space

Each video introduces a new tool that will inspire musicians to start experimenting in their practice. In addition to the videos, our community of improvisers will be encouraged to join in the discussion by finding and sharing examples of the tools in context, and talking about their experiences.

Throw caution to the wind and learn to color outside the lines!