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Improvisation: Bridge to Our Inner Music

In Music Improvisation by jan_mfp

My husband is sitting at the piano, arms crossed, elbows to finger-ends pressing down the keys, forehead resting on his arms, dead tired after a long, stressful day. “That’s a great sound,” I say. “Do it again.” He does–several times. He gets interested. Sitting up, he experiments with elbow, palm, and forearm sounds in different …

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Unwritten Notes: Improvisation for Classically Trained Musicians

In Music Improvisation by jan_mfp

“That was fun!” “I never thought of improvising right along with my students—what a great idea!” “I’m going to make improvisation a requirement for my piano classes.” “I think it’s sad that in all my long years of professional classical training, no one ever encouraged me to improvise my own music.” These were some reactions …