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Tuesday, January 22, 2008

About improvisation

I got a message from Chris and he asked if I got any advice about improvisation.
He said he is a classical piano player.
I think the most important thing for a musician is to develope the ear so when you hear a melody, you can play it back instantly on your instrument. That is a big part of improvisation. If you are able to learn and play music by ear you will find it much easier to improvise. And if you can improvise, you will just play what you hear in your head without writing a single note down on the paper when you compose. This is how composers like Mozart and Beethoven wrote their music! Putting the notes down on paper should be the last step. Improvisation also means composing music instantly so make sure you have a firm understanding of music theories and musical form.
After all, the best way to learn is by listening to others and experiment. Hope you enjoy the musical journey!