That is more or less how I approach it, too. The clarity of the idea is the most important, and if I can pay attention, mistakes are relative. Even if I goof technically on an idea, I just keep going. I respond to it, add to it, play something that the pianist or bass player played... so that it is complete and no longer a "mistake". Human beings are not perfect, so in that regard, there should be mistakes. Not in the intentional sense, but you get what I mean.harmonizerNJ said:For me, there is something I need to do while improvising, but I would not call it thinking.
The best way I can describe it is that I am straddling a doorway, trying to keep one foot in each of two different rooms. In one room, I am trying to let myself freely conceive what I want to play. In the other room, I am trying to listen to (and react to) what actually comes out of my horn (which is not always what I thought I asked it to play) plus what everyone else is playing.
I find that bad solos occur when I am not listening to what actually comes out of my horn, and not incorporating that into my conception of what to play next...