Did Classical Musicians Ever Play From Lead Sheets?

If you’ve ever seen or experienced my teaching before, you know that my piano playing and teaching method kind of tosses traditional (classical) music notation out the window, and instead uses simplified Lead Sheets as our notation. I teach this way because MOST modern music is not written out note for note. In fact, most professional musicians use and read from Lead Sheets, following a simple melody line and chord symbols. But did you know that even classical baroque artists like Bach, Vivaldi and Corelli, used something similar to Lead Sheets instead of classical sheet music to play and improvise during their concertos?  Yep! My friend and colleague Robert Estrin just posted an awesome video explaining the lost art of baroque improvisation and I thought it was so on target I wanted to share with you today. Check it out and let me know what you think! Happy playing.

Check it out and let me know what you think! Happy playing.

  • John H Stanowski
    Posted at 12:45h, 02 May

    Thank you, I never knew! And I’ll keep it in mind as I play.

    Posted at 14:12h, 09 August

    Thanks for this information I love music theory and the backstories. I enjoy listening to your piano, it sounds so beautiful.