In Western Civilization’s version of music training/teaching and theory we rarely if ever promote improv (jamming). I think the world of improv is fascinating…especially when the musician can get on a melody they’ve just heard for the first time,
Before we get too far into that…
Is it Ok to talk about the “theory” behind musical improv (jamming) here in the “Theory” category of the forums? Would anyone here like to chat about it and how develop it? I’d certainly like to talk about this and treat it as a “theory” but you may think it’s best location is elsewhere and I can do that. But there has to be a “theory” about musical improv. If not not there should be.
Just putting my feelers out here to try and start a conversation in an attempt to learn more on improv (jamming).
I am a very young adventurer that is just finally arriving in the new world I can see it, hear it, taste it it, smell it, …and can almost play it. Not yet.
If we can talk then how about we start with Rap Music? I simply think it’s fascinating how they can free style. I don’t pay attention to the words, I pay attention to the notes. They love using popular melodies (sample), then telling their story and “make it up as they go”. It’s all improv, but they are pretty convincing in their ability to be “jammers” and base it on the melody. It’s fascinating how the use “licks” like “What, what, what, what” or “All the ladies in the house raise your hands in the air”. Those are “licks” in the rapping world. They can work all kinds of popular licks in to fill space. Most of the time it’s a “safe space” that they can play (or use as a crutch) that they know by heart, all the while the brain is thinking “where can I go next” and “what is my message going to be”. Free-style rap music and bluegrass “jam breaks” over old fiddle tunes are so much alike.