Free Improvisation: A Practical Guide
Improvisation is a big part of our daily lives, essential to the things we love to do and the music we love to hear. Improvising together seems natural when we’re playing a game or having a conversation, yet improvising music together is often viewed as mysterious and forbidding. “Free Improvisation: A Practical Guide” provides a practical way for any group of people, no matter what their style of music or level of musicianship, to learn about improvising together. With over 100 improvisational exercises and invaluable instructional tips, this book is an essential tool for every musician, teacher, or music lover.
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“No one teaches that quite as effectively as you!"
...There's a lot of people here who feel like they can't improvise on their main instrument because of all the rigid training they've received. They've really been traumatized by music! I think your method...starting from the unit of a single sound, building up through exploration of musical relationships, roles, endings... no one teaches that quite as effectively as you!
— Al Hoberman, Music Therapist
So I have found one book to recommend: saxophonist and Brandeis University professor Tom Hall's "Free Improvisation: A Practical Guide." It isn't about instrumental techniques or stylistic points, but it is enormously encouraging of personal expression and spontaneity in music making. Give a kid an instrument on which they can be louder than their voices make them, give them room to wail and maybe just enough instruction so that they don't feel they've come to the end of their abilities when they get one splat or honk, and help them realize it's cool to identify with "jazz."
-Howard Mandel, President, Jazz Journalist’s Association