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Last week we covered guitar chops. This week it’s piano.

Contrary to popular belief, piano improv IS for everybody! We’ve made it easy for you to set your clients up for immediate success. Watch this video to see my handy chord progression in action with a REAL “non-musician.” Watch for the glissando at the end! My neighbor Clyde does a great job!

I also have a free chord progression download with accompanying recording available to you. You have two options:

(1) Click here to play it in real time on your mobile or desktop. JUST CLICK “PLAY.” You can *literally* play this recording in the background while your client jams on black keys… He/she will sound AWESOME! (No piano chops necessary on YOUR part.) OR…

(2) Download the chord sheet here (Right click, then “Save As”) to print it up and read from the arrangement:
Piano Improv IS for everybody!




I hope you like it, and more importantly, I hope you can use it in your practice! If you are ready to dig even *deeper* into piano improvisation, then I highly recommend my colleague’s course. Lauren Bevilacqua has been called the “Queen of Improv.” Her skills and expertise and experience in musical theatre does NOT disappoint! She’s amazing. Click here for more details on her course:

Piano Improv

One of our participants said this: This is a great course. I learned a lot, and I am a pianist! After taking the course, I will be much more comfortable and creative when using improv on the piano. –Maxine Vogt, MT-BC | Willingboro, NJ

Be well, feel good, and make MUSIC! Kat

P.S. HUGE props to my old jazz teacher Jay Jay who taught the above improvisation trick to me. If you are in San Diego, then you gotta get a lesson with him! =)


Our instructor Ryan Judd makes playing the guitar look so easy. In this video he teaches you a very simple A-chord hack that will add color and texture to your typical 3-chord progression.

Ryan is such a rockstar that he also hit the studio to record this great lullaby album. I love it, and think you will too!

Ryan Judd's Lullaby Album

If the goal is to motivate, inspire, and be present with our clients . . .

Then does improving our musical skills enable us to be better therapists?

We believe absolutely YES. Sign up for Ryan’s Guitar Skills Course – I highly recommend it. It’s one of our Best-Sellers!

Here’s what Amanda Burchfiel, MS, MT-BC says about his course:

Would I recommend this course to others? Yes, absolutely! It has challenged me past my comfort zone but provided enough guidelines and support to make sure I’m successful! This class really made me feel like a rock star! I wrote a new song, which I haven’t done in a while, and felt so confident that I was immediately able to share it with friends!


What are YOUR favorite easy guitar tricks, tips, and hacks? Leave a comment below —

Be well, feel good, and make MUSIC! Kat


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2 Serious Misconceptions About Masters Level Entry

First of all, join us for a remote discussion on Masters Level Entry – Just click here. Second of all, I highly recommend viewing this document which we covered in our first MLE talk. There’s also this Powerpoint on the Masters Level Entry progress report from the 2014 national conference. It shows premises for MLE, […]

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This will make you cry…

I am so grateful to be a part of such an awesome community with you.  Although at times we feel alone in our quest, I would like to share proof that we are not alone. And what we do is truly awe-inspiring. This Week’s Shout-Out Last week, we simply said:”The best part of my week was…” […]

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