I like how jazz emphasizes theory and improvisation. But I'm wondering why don't other genres of music do this to? I did see that there's classical improvisation but that's about it, also the community is tiny compared to jazz. Maybe I'm missing something aren't there other genres out there besides jazz that talk about advanced topics?

edit: from comments I found out about other genres that do improv: Indian, African, Bluegrass, Baroque.

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    @foreyez - your question has a key assumption that is demonstrably wrong. Perhaps it is worth rethinking this, and also paying attention to Laurence's answer and the comments under it. – Doktor Mayhem Jun 24 '18 at 19:44

Jazz is, by definition, an improvised type of music. But this doesn't give it a monopoly on 'theory'. Quite the opposite, in fact. When you get over your phobia about notation, explore the scores of e.g. Igor Stravinsky. There's some heavy-duty theory in there! Plus a lot of beautiful, ingeniously-constructed music.

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    Why is jazz, by definition, an improvised type of music? (Did you by chance mean a characterization?) "Jazz is characterized by swing and blue notes, call and response vocals, polyrhythms and improvisation." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jazz – Randy Zeitman Jun 22 '18 at 3:00
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    From the 12th century on, when descant started getting used, through Bach, Handel, Beethoven, the Liszt goes on. @foreyez - a keyword for you could be cadenza. Jazz is just a modern take on what's happened in music for around 1,000 years. Nothing new there! – Tim Jun 22 '18 at 7:49
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    @foreyez, no music notation is NOT a "cheat sheet" for music. It is a way of one musician communicating to another musician how to play something when they are not around to demonstrate it. Music notation allows us to be free from relying on performances and recordings to learn new music. It also allows us to keep a historical record of the trends and developments in music through the centuries. It is rather quite valuable. – Heather S. Jun 23 '18 at 14:37
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    But it would be valuable for YOU @foreyez - so many of your questions display a desire to understand 'theory' while refusing to get acquainted with the literature. – Laurence Payne Jun 23 '18 at 15:34
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    Elvis wasn't a composer, or even a songwriter. He was given co-writer credit on some songs for commercial reasons. After their early stuff, the Beatles' music had a lot of input from trained, reading musicians. – Laurence Payne Jun 23 '18 at 23:45

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