Composition & Improvisation: Why Study?

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Learning how to compose and improvise will take your musicianship to the super genius level–guaranteed!

The proper study of Composition & Improvisation will teach you that…

  1. Music is a unique LANGUAGE with its own vocabulary and grammar.
  2. Composition is like written language–while improvisation is like spoken language.
  3. An enormous amount of music can be made by using just a small number of very simple PATTERNS combined in interesting ways.
  4. The very same things that make music tick apply to every style of music: classical, jazz, blues, rock, country, gospel, and more.
  5. Melody is Harmony and vice versa.
  6. Musical Patterns (form, meter, rhythm, harmony, melody, scales, chords, chord progressions, embellishments, etc.) should not be conceived as nouns, but as VERBS. In other words, it is not about what a musical pattern is called, but by what that musical pattern does.
  7. One-note-at-a-time” is not the way that musicians compose, improvise, and perform written music.
  8. Successful music-making is more about committing to IDEAS and less about fussing over every little detail.

learn more… Composition & Improvisation: The Big Picture