Born the streets of New Orleans, jazz grew through dance, entertainment and pop to become high art, touching nearly every popular music style on the planet.
Improvising music is sometimes seen as an advanced skill or relevant for certain genres only. However, improvisation has forever been a part of music in every style, era and culture. Learning to improvise great-sounding music doesn’t need to be hard! With the right ear training exercises and some mindset tips you can literally begin improvising music and enjoying the experience of improvisation today.
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Modal improvisation sounds scary and hard. Though it’s loved by monsters like John Coltrane and Steve Vai, modal improv can be very easy, fun and beautiful.
You don’t have to be a musical whiz to be good at improvisation. You just need to practice. Here’s what some of music’s biggest names have to say about it.
Beginning improvisers often lose their way in the form. Stefan Hall shares his teaching about listening to the rhythm section to keep your solo on track.
Learning jazz improvisation can be overwhelming. For great results, break it down into manageable chunks with these new online resources over at The Shed.
Looking for your own sound? Listen to these five rock improvisation giants and practice what you hear. You will absorb their greatness and make it your own.
Rooted in the blues, the language of rock improvisation includes several important scales, licks, expressive techniques, and an unmistakable showmanship.
Learn from the Jazz Giants: each one leaves behind titanic musical gifts for you to listen, transcribe, practice, and make a part of your own improvisation.
Listen to how jazz improvisation has evolved in each of the major eras of the history of jazz, from the start through bebop, fusion, free jazz and today.
Improvising music can feel like you’re trapped in set patterns or overwhelmed by choice. Here’s how the perfect middle ground can make improvisation easy.
Much of the elaborate art of jazz can be classified by basic approaches. Let’s see how we can be inspired by the masters to create transcendent solos.
Improvisation doesn’t have to be hard – it can be a game! Get tips on starting from Jeffrey Agrell, author of 7 improvisation books and dozens of articles.