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Improvising. ‘C Jam Blues’. GOAL . Theory – Define improvisation and its function in music. Prac – Play a blues and become familiar with the fundamentals of improvisation. . Task . After the theory portion of this lesson you will be asked to:

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improvising

Improvising

‘C Jam Blues’

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GOAL

Theory – Define improvisation and its function in music.

Prac – Play a blues and become familiar with the fundamentals of improvisation.

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Task

After the theory portion of this lesson you will be asked to:

“Write a short paragraph explaining what improvisation is and its function in music.”

To complete this task, take notes summarizing the content of this lesson on the student side of your notebook.

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Improvisation

Improvisation defined:

“Creating with the materials at hand.”

Creating what, in relation to music?

Creating melodies. Try to play something simple, something that you’ll remember. Play a melody that means something to you.

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Improvisation

What are the materials?

Scales – Each chord has one or more scales that can be played over it. This is called the chord – scale relationship.

Chord Tones – The chord tones are the strong notes in each chord 1-3-5-7

Rhythm – Combining chord-scale relationships and chord tones with the infinite rhythmic patterns the improviser has an endless supply of material to be creative with.

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What is the purpose of improvisation?

Initially, jazz musicians would improvise over the harmony of a popular tune to keep the music interesting while people continued to dance.

Soon after, jazz became very popular and improvisation became a serious art form in itself.

Improvisation is not limited to jazz, what other types of music are improvised?

Improvisation is the process of creating melodies on-the-spot, how could this process be useful in other aspects of musical development?

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Task

Write a short paragraph explaining what you think improvisation is and its function relating to you.

Hint: Think about the type of music you like and what you want out of music.

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Improvising on a Tune
  • Choose a tune within your reach.
  • Listen to as many versions of the tune as possible.
  • Follow the chart.
  • Sing the melody.
  • Learn your part – depending on your instrument.
  • Play the chords slowly – out of time.
  • Play the chords with the song.
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Improvising on a Tune

Learn the chord-scale relationship.

  • Practice the appropriate scale until you can play it fluently.
  • Play the scale along with the recording.
  • Improvise melodies in the spaces or over the top.

Play together with your friends and take turns improvising!