Written by Michael Fox
Published: July 19, 2014 at 8:03 PM [UTC]
I believe the ability to spontaneously create music without thinking about it is an important skill, and should be practiced regularly. In this video, I demonstrate how I go about it.
For more information, I highly recommend improvisational violinist Stephen Nachmanovitch's excellent book Free Play.
It can also give me ideas for small tunes and motifs that can be used later in Jazz sessions. I play fragments of concertos and other classical pieces that normally give me concern, so that I'm freely analysing what's happening.
Improvisation can free you up, as you are not commited to a passage that someone else has composed, with all the normal baggage that can go with it.
So along with random practise I find improvisation a great help.
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