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Very nice, I particularly like when she hit a wrong note , maybe an an adult , if she is going to meet jazz on her path she would use that to build upon.
Melodic intonation . The theory of Intonation arose in Russia at the beginning of 20th century in the works of B. Yavorsky, and wasn't widespread in the West; probably because the author did not leave to the West after the revolution .However, with its help, I save hundreds of words and reduce the initial work with the student on improvisation several times. I already have experience in the class when the process from zero to simple meaningful improvisation took 25 minutes.Sounds, pitch ...
This is very interesting. The article says that during conversations, humans regularly decode not only what is said but also WHY- a very sophisticated (dare I say divine) process. What is sometimes missed in the study of improvisation, from the perspective of endless books analyzing theory, is the very purpose of music. The purpose of all art is to convey human emotion. No matter the art form- visual, dance , music- the artist strives to gain skill. But sometimes we get caught up in the skill, gear, etc. and lose site of the end goal- to make art. (Case in point- endless MP discussions vs. talking about the actual music).Yes, I also saw these materials. My main interest: methods that pave the way for the synthesis of spoken and musical language in order to educate a intentionally improvising musician who has every note that makes sense.
What I write about: "intentional", intentional phrases, "communication with intention". Spontaneous improvisation exposes our intentions, and the quality of music and harmony plays no role at this stage , just quality of intention . And here the most terrible enemy is EGO!This is very interesting. The article says that during conversations, humans regularly decode not only what is said but also WHY- a very sophisticated (dare I say divine) process. What is sometimes missed in the study of improvisation, from the perspective of endless books analyzing theory, is the very purpose of music.
Of course, just at first the baby cries with intent, and the stock of words comes later ...jazzman- ego certainly is a culprit. But the more skill the artist has, the better the person can spontaneously play with intention, and really say something. Just like speech, a person who has a sound that truly expressed their voice as well as a rich vocabulary will more accurately convey their intentions.
During 18 years I worked periodically as an orchestral pianist in the main theaters of Israel; in addition, I participated in the pilot of the Israeli version of TV show Whose Line Is It Anyway, but this didn't advance me one centimeter in understanding theatrical improvisation. Later I had to find and study specific materials on this topic.Well, not Russian improvisation, but I was for a couple of years the photographer of a theatrical group and I was exposed to their shows and workshops which were based on the teachings of Eugenio Barba ( you may be familiar with the odin teatret )
Therefore, it is useful to exchange ideas without downplaying the ideas of another. The Internet is open to all, and the desire to experiment, instead of chewed recipes. may lead to new discoveries.However, I suppose we have different idea about improvisation, and that's good.
The extraordinarily gifted persons in this case do not interest me at all. I am aiming at the most average students, and even lower than that. I had Tamir Hеndelman, Ruslan Sirota, Miku Narunsky, Mordy Ferber,Eden Giat , but this does not change my attitude towards each other student with his personality. Therefore (unlike others) I proudly expose students- aspiring improvisers, and would like to hear the same from others .I don't know what to think of the improvisations which you propose. They don't strike me as of a great improvised content (although they may have been played " In the moment"), they seem rather predictable progressions....
See how this gifted person starts with 4 notes and then " reduces" them to a pattern she knows and has digested. That too is improvisation but not of the unpredictable nature as walking on a lack rope.