Forging Pathways to Improvise Music For Classical, Jazz, Comedic, and Church Musicians
A step-by-step resource on forging one’s own pathway to improvise music, this book guides the musician through a clear and simple method that will easily translate to the reader’s genre of choice.
Many musicians struggle with improvisation. Coincidentally, educators also find it challenging to integrate improvisation into curriculum. This book breaks down the barriers most performers and educators combat in the learning and teaching of improvisation, and is a helpful approach to demystify the complicated sphere of music improvisation. Divided into three sections, the first part of the book helps the reader develop an improvisatorial mindset to mentally conceive musical ideas, regardless of genre. The second portion then connects the improviser’s mindset to translating those ideas into a compelling musical performance in real time. The book’s final third assists the reader with discovering how to apply this method of improvisation to the nuanced liturgical, comedic, jazz, and classical styles.
Forging Pathways to Improvise Music offers a practical introduction to improvisational methods essential for educators, students, and musicians of diverse educational backgrounds and musical genres.
Introduction 1. The Essential Elements 2. Hear What To Play: An Introduction to Intention 3. Establish an Improvisational Mindset 4. Play What You Hear: An Introduction to Invention 5. Embroider a Solo: Improvise Between Notes 6. Construct a Solo: Compose in Real Time 7. Cultivate Creativity : Improvise Compelling Notes 8. Understanding Jazz Language 9. Crossing Over: Jazz Improvisation for the Classical Musician 10. Classical Language for the Jazz Improviser 11. Improvisation Exercises Inspired by Classical Genres 12. Understanding Improv Comedy Language 13. Improvisation for the Improv Comedic Musician 14. Liturgical Improvisation: Traditional and Contemporary Final Thoughts