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Questions tagged [improvisation]

For question about spontaneous composing in real time, typically during performance.

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How do you improvise vocal tunes?

It is not that hard to improvise tunes on instruments. But the thing I am struggling is a way to improvise vocal tunes. Do you just hum? How do you improvise vocal tunes?
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Can anyone precisely describe what it means (or feels like) to play exactly what your “inner ear” is hearing?

I've been improvising jazz and other styles on piano for decades, and yet there is still a very significant amount of my improvisation which is based on physical patterns developed over the years, ...
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How to turn each chord in a progression into separate scales?

I was jamming with some jazz guys yet I'm not so good in jazz so I made a bunch of mistakes. One of the things they told me is is how inside of a chord progression, you then spread each chord to its ...
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How to create rhythm parts on piano?

I am trying to self learn piano. I can play some melody (right hand), can play some chords (left hand) and can play some melody with chords (right + left) with right doing all the complex finger ...
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Which chromatic passing tone to use?

I'm wondering if there's certain chromatic passing tones that are used more than others. Especially in classical or pop improvisation/composition. For example in the key of C, each of the five black ...
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How are melodic sequences used?

I keep hearing about sequences. I know that there's both harmonic and melodic sequences. I am familiar with harmonic sequences I believe they're also called "basso ostinato" where you play a repeating ...
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Who plays classical music by ear? [closed]

One of the things I'm working on is playing classical music by ear. I've figured easier things like Canon in D, Prelude in C. But I'm trying to work my way up. I'm wondering if it's possible to play ...
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Accompanying a RH melody (improv/comp)

Are there any interesting rhythms/patterns for accompanying the melody (because I can play those by ear), such as breaking chords or etc. For doing piano covers of pop music, I am able to play the ...
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Are non-diatonic chord progressions usually modal mixtures?

I asked a question in the past about non-diatonic notes. In the answer I got a progression of the form: IV Maj | ♯iv dim | I64 | V7 | I Maj IV Maj | ♯iv dim | V7 | V7 | ♯v dim ...
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Freestyle Advice for Beatboxing [closed]

So I have been beatboxing for a couple of months now, got inspired by GBBB battles. I can do the basic sounds (kick drum, hi hats, (inward and outward) K snares, pf Snare, throat bass, lip ...
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Is a chromatic mediant considered a modulation?

Say I go from a C major chord to an E major chord. I understand that this is a chromatic mediant. Does this change my key from C to E though? said differently, does non-functional harmony change ...
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How to avoid following the rhythm while soloing or improvising melodies?

I'm enjoying improvising melodies over simple chord progressions. I record a simple strumming pattern and bass line with my loop station and just play. However, no matter how creative I find my notes, ...
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How to improvise and play chords across the guitar neck?

I want to start playing melodies and chords across the whole neck and escape the prison that is the first 4-5 frets, but I don't know a systematic way of learning how to do that. I thought of learning ...
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Melodic minor and the ii chord

I am curious about the following. If you look at the Melodic Minor scale (ascending) it is really just Dorian with a major 7th. In Jazz we do not alter this mode when descending. In classical ...
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Can any melody / motif be turned into a good sounding melody? (Theoretical and practical question.) [closed]

I've read and experienced and I noticed that rhythm, rest placing and even very minor (no pun inteded) changes to the melody, for example some flat or sharp can change it drastically. My question is ...
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How do video game music composers make so many songs for one game? Are all of them some sort of musical talent / genius?

I love video game soundtracks from to 8-bit ones to the very orchestral pieces but it's not clear to me how they can make so many songs for one game. Even if there are motifs which can help make ...
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What chords does Rule of the Octave use?

Rule of the Octave seems to have been fazed out from music. But I find it really interesting as greats such as Bach, Mozart, etc used it to improvise and make music. Also today's musicians that focus ...
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Example of Partimento for improvisation?

I was watching this video about improvisation on partimento. In the video in the bottom I see terms such as Parstorella, Clausula ottocento, Scalino 7.1, Phantom Lancia, Queiscenza 1. What are those ...
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Bass line or chord progressions as a basis for improvisation?

I was reading how the Baroque period made bass lines as the basis for their improvisation. This is in contrast with today's chord progressions that are the basis of jazz improvisation. I'm wondering ...
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Did Bach use the Partimento technique?

I was researching techniques used in classical improvisation. And I keep coming across two terms. One is "Partimento". Which is an Italian method of improvising on a bass line. Another is "The Rule of ...
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Jazz improvisation on descending chord progression

The challenge on this topic is Jazz improvisation scales and ideas on the following chord progression: C#maj7 - Cmaj7 - Bmaj7 - Bbmaj7 So 4 chords are descending chromatically within 2 measures and ...
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Are weird chord types a byproduct of improvising and sound?

Say we have on one hand the basic chords of triads (major/minor) and sevenths. And then on the other hand we have less common chords like sus4,add9,augmented,diminished,six chords,extended chords, ...
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What are the most important chord types? [closed]

I've mainly been practicing triads (major/minor) and sevenths (major/minor/dominant) as I think those are the most important chords. If this is wrong, please let me know. I mainly play pop songs on ...
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Practicing including riffs into improv?

I can learn riffs pretty easily, but I have a hard time remembering to work them into my improv. Do you have any good techniques/tips?
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In what situations can a seventh be substituted for a triad?

My understanding is that a dominant seventh can be substituted when going from V to I. so V7 to I. But are there any other situations where a seventh chord can be substituted for a triad? I'm mainly ...
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How to practice sevenths?

I'm trying to figure out a good way to add sevenths to my practice. One thing I did with triads is I'd take a scale, and then starting from each note in the scale play the arpeggio for the ...
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How do I improvise over the V7 chord in minor?

I've been working on a number of traditional jazz tunes in minor keys, and they often resolve V7 > i During the V7 chord when improvising I feel pretty confused as to what notes to use. I end up ...
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Asymmetric ease of improvisation during modulation

I've been learning about modes, and one thing I was interested in at first was to change modes while improvising (to get to know them better technically as well as to have a better understanding of ...
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What are the secrets of jamming that jazz musicians use? [closed]

There are many ways of playing "Autumn Leaves". How do jazz musicians know what version to play (there are many versions of the chord progressions for this song)? What are their secrets to a ...
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In which music should I add my own embellishments?

I know that music from the baroque era was composed with the assumption that performers would add their own embellishments (when viable, not for canons or fugues). I've also heard that Mozart didn't ...
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Improvise with delay to a non-metronome played piece

I was wondering, is it possible to play guitar, improvise, with delay to a piece where no musician plays to a metronome. Not the drummer, not anyone else. How can the guitarist know what to set the ...
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Why does only jazz emphasize improvisation and theory? [closed]

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 ...
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I'm stuck in diatonic land. How do I get out?

I've been playing a lot of diatonic everything. So basically just staying in the scale as I improvise with melody/chords. I play alot of songs by ear and I notice when they use accidentals but I don't ...
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How do I add a solo section (chord progression) to Real Book lead sheet?

Is there an easy way (for beginners) to add a solo section to a piece of music, like a lead sheet from the Real Book? I am thinking in terms of a chord progression. Would I repeat a progression from ...
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How do I find people to jam with in my city?

I've been going to my local music store to jam with people in the synthesizer section and guitar section. Aside from that, what other places/hacks have you found to jam with people in your area?
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How to create harmonic dissonance/tension?

If I'm playing in a major scale, would a harmonic dissonance be caused by going to the minor side of the chords (ii, iii, vi) or would it be created from going outside my scale? And if it's going ...
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Piano improvisation: are you conscious of everything you’re doing?

For improvisers: do you always have a set of possibilities for what you’re going to do next and make a choice as you’re playing? Do you think for instance “I’m in this scale so those notes will ...
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How to add lead guitar part to basic vocal/rhythm guitar song?

If my friend wrote a basic (rock/country ish) song over some guitar chords, any advice on how to add a lead guitar part? I.e. more than playing a pentatonic scale in same key as rhythm? Sorry it's a ...
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Piano questions from a former bass player: Is it better to think in note names or think in intervals?

So I was a (mostly Funk/Jazz) bass player for a long time, and as a bass player, I had a strong understanding of music theory. The reason that I had such a strong practical/intuitive understanding of ...
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How do You Internalize a Song Progression While Soloing?

Here's my problem. I hear a song and I can immediately hear a solo in my head, even anticipating chord changes. It's beautiful. Everything goes to sh*t when I actually start soloing. The song ...
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Term for improvisation (or Melody) based on specific intervals, not notes?

Is there a term for melodic improvisation where only specific intervals are taken into consideration? As an example, Beginning on C, the player then has the option of moving either up or down, (Or ...
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How Can I Make my Solos Sound Like an Actual Song?

What's wrong I know the chord shapes in my progression (G C G Am D G), the scale pattern underneath and I know the song I'm playing by heart. And yet - while I start soloing the song is gone. I can't ...
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How to practice guitar improvisation?

How to practice improvisation on guitar? How did you learn improvisation? What should I practice, how should I practice? I want to lift my guitar playing to a new level, because I'm little bored of ...
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What is Chris Potter playing here?

NB: This is all in Tenor Sax key (Bb), not Concert I've been mulling over the following excerpt of a Chris Potter solo on the tune "Just One Of Those Things," I find it probably the most harmonically ...
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Can the I IV V chords harmonize any major scale melody?

Are the primary chords of the major scale (I IV V) enough to make any major scale melody sound good? These chords together seem to encompass all 7 notes of the key. I ask this because as I'm learning ...
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Are Guitar Patterns an Absolute Necessity for Improvisation?

Box Patterns I learned to play guitar like everyone else using box patterns. That worked for a bit. The boxes were getting in my way of "true musical improvisation". Usually making it hard to connect ...
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Indicating the expectation for improvised rhythmic ornamentation

I'm currently transcribing some baroque guitar music. For some pieces the performer is expected to improvise a rhythmic ornamentation, e.g., for a notated quarter note you are free to play several ...
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Harmony/chords in right hand, melody in left hand?

I'm wondering what it's called when the melody sounds lower than the harmony. Is there a special name for it and is this a common technique?
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Improvisation from four notes in a hat

I've just watched this cute video of a girl improvising a piano song based on a 4 notes which are taken randomly from a hat. I did a quick search on the internet to see if this is a common concept, ...
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Are there “rules” for improvising with the minor pentatonic scale over 12-bar shuffle?

I'm learning Justin Guitar's beginner's course and just reached the blues improvisation lesson. I know the notes in the A minor pentatonic scale. To improvise with someone playing A minor 12-bar blues ...