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Improvising Skills

Improvising is the performance art of creating a new melody for a given chord
structure "on the fly"-- that is to say, spontaneously, live, right now -- in real time.
To make this even more amazing, the improvised melody must not only be created
on the spot, it must also be appropriate to the style of music being played, and
(hopefully) interesting to the listener.  This requires a deep understanding of the
elements of a "good" solo for any given style of music, including instrument-specific considerations, stylistic considerations and considerations based in music theory.

Acquiring the tools needed to become a good improviser starts with a thorough study
of music theory. At the same time, instruments (or vocal) skills must be developed
and polished.  Finally, an exploration of the specifics of improvising for a given style
must be mastered -- by studying the solos of the great players in that style.

This all takes time, but it can be done, and has been found by many musicians to
be one of the most gratifying and enjoyable parts of live performance.

If you are a Classically trained musician, learning to improvise can be particularly
difficult, due to the way in which classical training completely conditions one to
play only what is written out in notation for you, and to never, never under any
circumstances or for any reason stray from that written material.  As a classically
trained player myself, I suffered through this process a long time ago, which
experience convinced me that there must be a better way -- and now there is!

Improvising for Classical Musicians is a course I have developed specifically
for you. It starts with concepts and techniques so simple that it is virtually
impossible to make mistakes. From there, the course will lead you just as
far as you want to go into this exciting and rewarding area of music.

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Last updated 8/3/2015

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