Tuesday, July 24, 2007

The Secret to Fresh Sounding Improvisations

I once had a student ask me how to improvise for more than a minute or two. He had some trouble keeping the music going for longer periods of time.

I told him that the problem wasn't with knowing enough material. He already knew how to play a few chords. It was his attitude - that the trying to come up with something was what was blocking the creative flow. This can be hard to understand.

After all, aren't we supposed to "come up" with something? Isn't that what invention is all about? In a word - no.

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