Thanks for the response Mike and the suggestions/ideas.
I’m not much of a BG “jammer” either… but I do want to improve on this substantially. I’m in essence still in the beginners stage of jamming. Sure I might fool the audience but I am not fooling other musicians who are looking for a melody based improvised break…and there is no doubt that I am not fooling myself.
This subject of musical improvisation is very interesting to me. I know one has to possess the ability to be creative. I guess creativity may show up about 5% of the time in my noggin’. The rest of the time I’m playing rehearsed or have decided to try an improvised break based on the melody. I typically end up getting twisted up in knots (off the melody) and find myself bailing back inside of a scale shape and hitting notes while searching for a way out. Sometimes I have no way out and simply tell myself to stop and get back on it when the next measure comes around.
I’m hoping to find some resources somewhere on how one can improve at improvisation. I’m starting to think that I may well just need to see a psychologist or psychiatrist in order to better get in tune with my creative self. Maybe some yoga?
Is musical improv “learned”? Is improv really improv or are we memorizing so many lines/licks/patterns that we simply plug them in and it sounds like improv?
In the future if you stumble onto anything that covers this subject then please feel free to share. I’m pretty sure this thread will die off, however don’t think I would no longer appreciate some info 6 months down the road.
If you are interested here is a video from “TED Talks”. I had watched other TED Talks in the past and was pleasantly surprised when I found one on music improv. It’s fairly interesting.