[Dixielandjazz] Improvisation

Steve barbone barbonestreet at earthlink.net
Wed Jan 26 19:37:03 PST 2005

Charlie Suhor *wrote: (polite snip) Quoting Alec Wilder.
> "I wish to God that some neurologists would sit down and figure
> out how the improviser's brain works,  how he selects, out of
> hundreds of thousands of possibilities, the notes he does at the speed
> he does--how in God's name, his mind works so damned fast!  And why,
> when the notes come out right, they are right . . .Composing is a slow,
> arduous, obvious, inch-by-inch process, whereas improvisation is a
> lighting mystery.  In fact, it is the creative mystery of our age."

Interesting, but then, improvisation is really composing no? Albeit at warp
speed by comparison

Those who write songs worry about the same things as those who improvise
while playing them. Resolving chords & melody via the guide tones. :-) VBG

Only difference is that composers who are writing tunes do it slowly and
deliberately, while those who improvise do it instantly and perhaps

For real improvisers, (not folks just playing connecting patterns) kinda
like being in a zone. Endorphins flow and you seem to be on automatic pilot.
Most fun you can have with your clothes on.

I've even heard it said that after a night of wailing, when imrpov and the
music is good, you don't need sex. . . . . NAH!!!!! Not true. :-) VBG



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