I really haven’t been keeping up with this blog much for the same reasons that I still haven’t completed any of the new, shiny video games I bought with my hard-earned adult money: I’m too busy living an active and fulfilling life in order to do fun things anymore.
Improvisation in music is probably one of the most mystifying of the many skills which can be developed by a pro musician. People who can do it at a high level make it look effortless, leaving all the square cats not in-the-know exclaiming, “They did that without reading music, and they made it up as they went…and it was good? IMPOSSIBRU!” Likewise, many musicians (especially those who begin with a regimented course of study) are reduced to being no better than blundering fourth graders when asked to improvise a passage of music, briefly mumbling that they don’t know how to improvise before sitting down and churning out some Paganini.
Saxophonist, educator, arranger, composer, and now enthusiastic blogger.