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Episode 24 - Thoughts on Improvisation
Don't say you can't improvise! You already do. You did it as a baby and continue to this day--with speech! In this episode I talk about the art of music improvisation and how it compares to speech. I try to help you make sense of "hillbilly jazz" and give you tips to become better at it.
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When I talked about free exploration I mentioned this video called "Atonal Jazz Vamps" by Barry Schmaltz (aka Robin Radus). This guy is a genius, has a vocabulary to be jealous of, and obviously a sense of humor. Pay close attention what he says at 1:53 "The trick there is to..."
I made mention of my mandolin videos which offer up lessons in constructing solos using "the chain of licks" (See Playing With Building Blocks) and a whole bunch of other things which are better described here:
I also mentioned my two eBooks which include the sort of music theory you can USE in the real world of bluegrass:
The Flint Hill Scolls - The Forbidden Book of Banjo Knowledge