Tuesday, January 19, 2016

"Wild Improvisation"

(from a letter to a friend)
Speaking of improvs, a few years ago I was trying to play the keyboard - which I can barely do. My ideas can tumble out much faster than I can produce realistically on the keyboard. But I learned to proceed regardless of the incompetence of my fingers. Sometimes I just pound the keyboard with both fists, following roughly the rhythm and phrasing that I have in mind and I discovered that this works. With the philosophy that "phrasing is everything" I came to be more comfortable with what I now call "wild improvisation". If you maintain phrasing you can almost entirely ignore which actual notes get hit. It is fun and, I dare say, it is probably interesting on occasion.

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