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RE: Improvisation Ears, Styles, and chops was RE: Loop Jams vs.Jazz Jams
At 1:00 PM -0800 2/27/05, samba - wrote:
> The way I prefer to look at it ,being a able to play scales and
>arpeggios fast,doesn't add up to having chops,that sort of skill
>tends to lead to so called improv that is merely playing fast
>permutations of learned patterns over a given rhythmic,chordal
>framework.Which can of course be really fun to do. But if carpenters
>showed off their skills the way some musicians do ,all the nails
>would show and there'd be afuckofalotof 'em
Sounds like your definition of chops encompasses my definition of ears.
> The improv skills that I seldom hear discussed are Composition
>skills,which include well develpoed sense of
>beginning/middle/end,the ability to tell what is essential and what
>is embellishment , Daring, problem solving( follows right on the
>heels of daring) effective use of Space.The ability to work
>effectively with line,harmony,color,texture, blend/contrast
>,motivic development,dynamics, timing,counterpoint,gesture etc. as
>creative tools. Most of these compositional elements can be employed
>working with raw sound as well as tuned instruments. An interesting
>approach to group improv can be to agree in advance on a story,and
>then try to tell it .
>It seems to me that improvisers who pay attention to each other
>should be able to play together regardless of differences in
>instruments, styles, techniques and musical knowledge, by bringing
>big ears to the session and responding at some level to the essence
>of what each other is doing.
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