June 25, 2013

11 Improvisation Tips

Anyone who has learned that basics of an instrument understands that there is a certain level of capability that needs to be reached before the musician feels comfortable with their gear.  If one is starting to learn their instrument and music theory at the same time, then you can bet that they’ll need sheet music, practice sessions, and rudimentary instructions before they can go on to create music themselves.  Once a musician has spent a great deal of time learning how to play, they can move to the next step – that is, improving their own music with other musicians.

This is where most of the fun is to be had.  You get a few like minded musicians in the same room, each with their own instrument, and you see what can be built from scratch without any prior practice.  Rock bands refer to this as a jam session, and rightly so.  Mistakes can be made, but for the most part each band member is working off another band member’s vibe, and what they create can sometimes be magical.  Become an accomplished musicians usually requires both skills of being spontaneous on the fly, and being able to play structured music.