Improvisation Principles 2

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Practice inventing motifs of 3-4 notes. Work toward the ability to transpose them (and play in sequence) fluently diatonically and chromatically.

Learn to transform short motifs in a variety of ways (augmentation, diminution, backwards, inverted, change rhythms, change mode (e.g. major to minor) and so on).

Use short thematic material or motifs that you (or your audience) might like to (and be able to) whistle.

Lower your expectations. Go for quantity. Holding out for perfection is a great way to strangle your creativity. Start with something (anything) and then make something out of it.

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Improvisation Principles 1

Improvisation, c.1915-1916

Improvisation, c.1915-1916

Assorted principles and suggestions for classical improvisers (first installment):

•Imitate. Copy what you hear, either from yourself or others.

•Don’t be afraid to repeat something. Over and 0ver and over.

•Repeat something, but after the third time or so, start making changes, however small.

•Mean what you say, say what you mean (not what you think someone wants to hear or what you think will impress them or what someone else might say).

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