First of all, technique doesn't come from exercise books or more practice, it comes from moving properly. You can practice ten hours a day but if you move incorrectly, you won't improve. If you are unlucky, you will brow beat your technique into the wrong muscles which will result in eventual injury. You will know you are moving wrong if you wake up in ...
When you improvise, you call upon a personal vocabulary of phrases.
The way you build that vocabulary is not necessary via improvising though.
You can work on developing some new phrasal pattern deliberately, in a slower tempo. Then rehearse it up to tempo, and then try mixing it between your existing improvisational phrases that you can play in "auto ...
There's a structured series of books for piano by Bradley Sowash that will probably be helpful for you. They're really fun to work with and will help you work with patterns and little riffs.
You could make some transcriptions of some solos that you find intriguing.
You could experiment with some blues improvisation.
Do you ever sing the same line you are ...
Try working around chord tones.
Three things you can add to playing only chord tones are auxiliary tones, passing tones, and enclosures.
The enclosure example shows enclosures targeting each tone of a major scale, but you can use an enclose to target chord tones.
All three can be modified in various ways...
If only the various figures for auxiliary and ...
Two broad strategies:
Since you're familiar with scales, keep practicing them, but in different patterns
Break up the scales into different patterns
T: Scale in 3rds
K: C major
"C"CEDF EGFA | GBAc Bdcd | ecdB cABG | AFGE FDED | C8||
T: Scale in 3-note groups
K: C major
(3CDE (3DEF (3EFG (3FGA | (3GAB (3ABc (...
Learn riffs, and licks. Try developing a set of these by listening to other's and transcribing their work. Scales and arpeggios are the foundation of melodies, some might say the interval is the foundation of melody since that is more primitive than a scale (which is a sequence of intervals). Rhythm is an important part of melody as well. So playing ...