Jeffrey Agrell replied to Spiros Makris's discussion Classical piano improvisation?
"That's all pretty much over my head, but it sounds interesting!"
Aug 10, 2011
Jeffrey Agrell replied to Spiros Makris's discussion Classical piano improvisation?
"Keith Jarrett is fantastic. We can't be him, but we can all do the same thing as him: sit down at the piano (or other instrument) and make up stuff. It helps to have starter, which could be nearly anything: a motif, a rhythm, your mood right now, a…"
Aug 10, 2011
Jeffrey Agrell replied to Spiros Makris's discussion Classical piano improvisation?
"One of the great things that you experience as a classical player new to improvisation is a whole new view of mistakes. Fear of mistakes is what kept me from improvising on horn for decades; my job (symphony orchestra) was to be error-free every…"
Aug 10, 2011
Jeffrey Agrell replied to Spiros Makris's discussion Classical piano improvisation?
"What we need is for everyone to receive a bit of training but even more encouragement and opportunity (space & time) to learn to make up their own music. Improvisation (fast composition) can be combined with slow (written) composition. Creating…"
Aug 10, 2011
Jeffrey Agrell replied to Spiros Makris's discussion Classical piano improvisation?
"I'll look into some uploads, thanks for the idea.
 
Improvisation was an indispensable part of a musician's training until the 19th century with the rise of the conservatory (i.e. institutional music education), method books, huge orchestras and…"
Aug 10, 2011
Jeffrey Agrell replied to Spiros Makris's discussion Classical piano improvisation?
"Ann, it is exciting! Although I improvised as a folk then jazz guitarist for years, I didn't dare try it on the horn for decades out of sheer terror - I might make a mistake! It took terminal, life-threatening boredom to finally get me to try making…"
Aug 9, 2011
Jeffrey Agrell replied to Spiros Makris's discussion Classical piano improvisation?
"There are two things that have greatly hindered improvisation by traditionally trained (read: classical) musicians:
1. Creativity is systematically excluded from music education from early on. You play in a band or sing in a choir and perhaps later…"
Aug 9, 2011

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  • Hello Jeffrey.  I enjoyed reading your thoughts today.  You write and compose! I will visit your website.  :)
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