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Re: improvisation and performance
To clarify here, as taught at Berklee (where I did some time, and about
which I have mixed feelings), "avoid" notes aren't mistakes, they are
rather notes which are part of a scale which could full well be used
over a given chord, but are generally held to be too dissonant, thus
they are to be avoided. One common example would be the 11th over a
That said, I hate the entire concept and think it should be tossed
altogether! Here's my little rant on the subject...
Mistakes, well...if you're improvising, you should know what you're
going for and be able to hit it. If you don't quite make it, you have to
deal with your misstep however is appropriate, which could include
repeating it, but mainly involves making it seem like you actually DID
mean to do it.
> Jazz musicians who I have talked to who believe in wrong
> notes call them "clams", and they don't repeat them unless to be
> humorous or to mock each other with
> call and response. Free Jazz might warrant some exceptions, but with
> improvisation in traditional or
> modern jazz, I do see a tendency for folks to subscribe to the "wrong
> note" theory and not repeat them.
> In fact, the really technical players tend to be embarrassed by them.
> They are called "avoid" notes
> in traditional jazz theory and improvisation, and they don't repeat them.