Wednesday, November 9, 2011
Kalimba Improvisation
Improvisation and Composition

What do you imagine when you think of a composer? Bach being very serious, putting each note onto his grand invention as carefully as a master architect designs the features of a cathedral?

Now, what do you imagine when you think of an improviser? A crazy, long haired free-thinking, wild person filled with adrenaline, inventing things off the cuff?

Composition is improvisation with do-overs. Improvisation is composition in real time, with no notation but the notes you write on the vibrating air before you.

Being wild and crazy, pumped full of adrenaline, that can help sometimes, but I usually find that when I calm down and start THINKING and FEELING the flow of the music as a composer might - that is when I get into the groove and start to make great music.

So, think about your improvisations carefully. Let something new fly out of you, but PAY ATTENTION to what it was! Take that idea and build on it, play with it, see where it goes and grows.