Wrong-noteless Noodling

Would you like to feel confident improvising? In this blog post, I will give you a tool to help you feel confident improvising. I’ll teach you an easy, repeating chord progression for your left hand and give you a few notes you can use to noodle around with your right hand—great sound and EASY to accomplish!

  • Sandra Walterhouse
    Posted at 08:50h, 15 December

    Thanks again Scott, as always your videos are so welcomed and helpful!!

  • roger
    Posted at 08:52h, 15 December

    Have you ever thought about starting Master Classes again?

    former student Roger aka F6

    • Scott Houston
      Posted at 10:51h, 15 December

      Hi Roger! Hope all is well in your world…

      I have had a few other previous attendees ask me again about doing another one. Would you be interested again? And if so, what did you like better, the “vacationy” ones on a cruise ship or in FL, or the one we did in Indy?

      • hesh reinfeld
        Posted at 21:04h, 15 December

        add me to the list. I would be interested in attending your masterclass.
        My first choice would be Indy, second Fl. and third, a cruise
        Hesh Reinfeld

  • Lois Stanciak
    Posted at 10:18h, 15 December

    I signed up for your course last year and have not had an chance to use it. How long do I have access. My husband has been in and out of the hospital

    • Scott Houston
      Posted at 10:52h, 15 December

      No worries Lois … You have lifetime access (well, as long as we are in business I guess, which I assume will be for a long time…) to any purchased Courses.

      So sorry to hear about your husband. 🙁

  • Ty
    Posted at 13:59h, 15 December

    What a wonderful little Christmas gift. Like a little pebble to start a big landslide.

  • George E Wells
    Posted at 14:15h, 15 December

    Thanks Scott for another great idea —

    Student 80

    • Scott Houston
      Posted at 09:15h, 16 December

      Same to you George!

  • Dick Maddux
    Posted at 15:29h, 15 December

    Wow!!!! Super Deluxe! Thanks Scott I love these tips! I practice them every day
    Keep them coming

  • Jim York
    Posted at 15:38h, 15 December


    I tried accordion for 2 years as a kid. Not very good. I bought your Play Piano in a Flash course and am excited about learning to really play the keyboard. Even a 65 year old retiree can do it. Thank you for the video clip in your emails. They keep me encouraged.

    Jim in South

  • Judy Ahring
    Posted at 17:48h, 15 December

    As usual Scot, you ideas are easy, great and helpful.

    I suspect that once you learn this pattern, one can go ahead and change keys using l 6- 4 5. Is that right?

    Keep up the great work. It’s phenomenal!

    Thanks, Judy

    • Scott Houston
      Posted at 09:17h, 16 December

      Absolutely Judy! In fact it’s great “mental” aerobics to transpose the changes in different keys. Just remember then that the “safe” notes will change to whatever notes are in the major scale of the “I” chord.

  • Sue Christien
    Posted at 20:02h, 15 December

    Hi Scott. I live in the UK. I’m good at the theory but letting go and improvising or comping for myself singing is my headache. I love playing and singing but am always held back. I’d love to watch your TV programs but can’t get them here. Is there any way they can be seen this side of the pond?

    • Scott Houston
      Posted at 09:19h, 16 December

      They do not air in the UK currently, but you can see a bunch of the episodes (I think 3-4 seasons are up there…) at http://www.pianoguy.tv

      And sorry for the shameless plug, but you should consider the online course here at pianoinaflash.com … If you are looking for a laser focus on what you are describing having issues with, this is it.


  • Michael OHalloran
    Posted at 02:19h, 19 December

    Thanks Scott and Theresa,
    I hardly had time to put my socks on to rush off to work. Somehow I’ve found time morning and night to really play the piano and hate to leave it.
    The noodling , the advice and the fun I have from your newsletters are so great . Can’t wait for the family to get knocked out by my Jingle Bells.
    Have a great Christmas, I cant thank you enough.
    The masterclass would only be a dream for me, but who knows.
    Bit warm here in Australia, just the way we like it. Xx
    Michael OH

    • Scott Houston
      Posted at 12:03h, 19 December

      🙂 Thanks for the nice words Michael! You have a great Christmas “down under” too …

  • Annie Taylor
    Posted at 21:39h, 22 December

    Scott, you are an excellent teacher. You teach with understanding. This video on the 1645 chord pattern has helped me tremendously. Have a Merry Christmas. I live in the state of North Carolina. I watch you every week.

    • Scott Houston
      Posted at 22:44h, 24 December

      Glad it helped Annie …

      You have a terrific Christmas too!

  • Duane
    Posted at 19:42h, 25 December

    What was that tune? Heart & soul? I version I found starts on “F” with 5 “F”(first staff): F,F,F,F,F,E,D,E,F,G,A,A,A,AA,G,A,Bb lol Keep ’em coming

  • Joan Classen
    Posted at 10:02h, 01 January

    I’m having a blast with this! Thanks for posting this! I’m a senior citizen who has played piano all my life and always had to have my music to play. Learning to improvise was on my bucket list. Do you teach more on improvisation? Have a Happy New Year!

    • Scott Houston
      Posted at 09:35h, 03 January

      Glad you are enjoying this Joan 🙂
      We do a lot of improv work all throughout my online method here at pianoinaflash.com it’s kind of “baked into” the non-classical styles we work on throughout the Course. Having said that, starting with Course 4, and on up through 5 and 6 is when we really focus more intently on the skills you need to develop yourself as a good improvisor.

  • Brian
    Posted at 14:49h, 17 February

    Hi can i subscribe for the lessons in the uk

    cheers Brian

    • Scott Houston
      Posted at 15:42h, 22 February

      So sorry Brian… I just saw this. Yes, absolutely you can. We have students all over the world. Even better (at least for the next few months until we get the development work completed to start charging) you can get the materials shipped to you for free just like we do stateside here.

      We’d love to have you join us 🙂

  • charlotte skeeters
    Posted at 13:41h, 06 July

    I just pulled out my dusty Play Piano in a Flash that’s been hiding in my piano bench for years. Sat down and read through 1/2 the book, went to my piano and within 1 hr. I was playing my favorite song “Dream, dream, dream” again. Still a bit shaky but I know it will get better if I keep it up. Ordered both of your “fake books” and can’t wait to see them. The only problem I’m having is when I sit down at the piano, NOTHING else gets done … I’m lost for hours doing what I’ve always loved and hoped I could do with ease (that will come with more practice). FYI – I learned to play by ear and am self taught to read notes. Much of the rest of the stuff on a music sheet is a mystery to me, hopefully sticking with your plan will solve some of that mystery. Regards, Charlotte – 72 yrs. old and finally getting back to the keyboard 🙂

  • Ronald h Inman
    Posted at 13:56h, 14 August

    Thanks again Scott, your tips are really helpful.

    • Scott Houston
      Posted at 06:31h, 15 August

      You’re welcome 🙂

  • Bob Nelson
    Posted at 18:04h, 29 August

    Thank you Scott, I am 62 and want to start learning to play a little piano. I do play guitar but never tried piano. I find your video’s very helpful and understandable. Thank you so much

    • Scott Houston
      Posted at 11:03h, 30 August

      You’re welcome Bob … Glad they help!

  • Jay Cadmus
    Posted at 18:01h, 23 October

    Thanks Scott. About ready to let the moths loose from my wallet. Your course can help me. This progression is great to know. And, it is something I can come back to – until I purchase your course. Thanks, again.

  • Susan
    Posted at 12:24h, 26 October

    So fun and simple. Thanks for sharing.