Improv Quote of the Day: Choice is frightening

The League of Frightened Men (1937 film)

The training of musicians has become largely concerned with how to interpret a score according to the conventions of the time, and classically trained musicians, by and large, become not only incapable of improvisation, but actually frightened of even attempting it.

–Rod Paton, Lifemusic: Connecting People to Time


Improv Quote of the Day: Sing and Dance!

Joseph Haydn

The canon which runs from antiquity via Palestrina and Bach and through to Schoenberg via Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven is truly a wonderful tradition full of beautiful music. But who needs it any more? And when did people begin sitting down to listen to music instead of dancing and singing along? Compared to the joys of group improvisation, this great European tradition seems like so much hierarchical social nonsense studded with genius.

Johann Sebastian Bach

–Rod Paton (from his web site www.rodpaton.com)

Portrait of Ludwig van Beethoven

Mozart, about 1780. Detail of Mozart family po...


Improv Quote of the Day: Repeat It Repeat It Repeat It

Vamp riff typical of funk and R&B. About this ...

It is very easy for the teacher or facilitator to underestimate the degree to which repeating an idea can be musically valuable. This may be because western European music places so much emphasis on developmental procedures throughout its history; but other world musics tend to be more rooted in ostinato patterns, and in improvised music, the ostinato can be regarded as an essential point of departure. Repetition maintains energy flow.     – Rod Paton