Improv Game of the Day: Blazing Discoveries

1 player. Experiment with your instrument’s technique and make a list (mental or written down) of those things that are (very) easy to do technically, such as creating a dense flurry of notes by simply wiggling fingers on keys in a certain way or in a certain order while blowing. Looks/sounds hard but is easy to execute. Then create a piece around them.

Variation: Make a piece with the form A B A, with A being a fast section that uses all the techniques that are easy on your instrument and B a slow section that uses techniques that are difficult on your instrument.

Idea: Get together with a friend on another instrument who also played this game and make a piece together. Try different combinations: Both easy. Both difficult. You easy, Them difficult. Them easy, you difficult. Record it all!


Game of the Day: Double Your Pleasure

2 players. Players pick a major scale. Player One plays quarter notes, stepwise only (no leaps), deciding in the moment when to turn around (no repeating of notes). Player Two plays in the same key, but is completely free in note and note value choice.

Idea 1: Player One plays only in the low register – like a walking bass.

Idea 2: Player Two syncopates as much as possible.

Idea 3: Player Two plays mostly long tones.


Improv Game of the Day: Übergroove

A regular feature of this blog will be the Improv Game of the Day. There are 556 (or was it 566) games in Improvisation Games for Classical Musicians, but since the book was submitted for publication (July 2007; published December 2007) I have continued to invent and collect games and probably have at least as many new games that may appear in a Vol. II some day. This collection of unpublished games will be our source for the games that appear, although I would like to send out an appeal to our readers to send us improv games of theirs (which could simply be tweaked versions of games from the book). You will be noted as the composer/author of the game.

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