When I say I play or teach music improvisation to most people they often ask me if I do jazz. That’s because improvisation is known to many in jazz music, but it has been used in Classical music, is utilized in a large extent in Indian Classical music, in types of Middle Eastern music to name a few genres or cultures. Simply put it is music made in the moment. However, it can range from music that is freely formed, to highly formed, following sometimes strict rules and sometimes less strict rules, in a tight framework or more open one. It can be simple to very complex, made with instruments or the voice or assembled in a myriad and possibly infinite amount of ways. It can be very close to composing except composition is usually written down and edited and improvisations are “as is” as they turned out when created. Improvisation is as varied as music is.
The Music genres section explores different types of music improvisation in different cultures and sub-cultures.
The Resources section includes links to sites, publications, books and other material on improvisation, my recommendations and some reviews as well.
The Your improvisations section explores ways you can improvise in a way that is natural for you, explores resources and ways to realize your own music improvisation potential.