Improv Quote of the Day: Free to Listen

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Free form expression/improvisation and the removal of musical notation opens an avenue into an individual’s expressive center. They become free to listen to what they are playing while making musical decisions about how the melodic line sounds. The significant changes in performance are due to the fact the mind is no longer consumed with a visual response to notation, only listening to the flow of notes being played.

–Edward S. Lisk, in Intangibles of Musical Performance