Improvise for Real

Improvise for Real


By (author) David Reed, Edited by Amy Nicholson, Illustrated by Mireia Clua Geli

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  • Publisher: David Reed Music
  • Format: Paperback | 262 pages
  • Dimensions: 188mm x 246mm x 20mm | 560g
  • Publication date: 27 February 2013
  • ISBN 10: 0984686363
  • ISBN 13: 9780984686360
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations
  • Sales rank: 608,285

Product description

If you dream of improvising your own solos in concerts and jam sessions, playing songs with friends at parties and even composing your own original music, then what you need is a daily music practice that is CREATIVE, FUN and leads to an EASY understanding of harmony. This understanding doesn't come from memorizing "licks" and scale patterns. It comes from exploring the world of harmony directly and discovering it for yourself. In other words, what you really need is a creative daily practice that lets you experience music for yourself and to enjoy creating your OWN music right from the very first day. Improvise for Real will take you into this beautiful world of sounds and show you how music and harmony really work. You will learn to understand any piece of music just by listening to it, and to improvise with confidence in any musical situation. You will learn to improvise over jazz standards, blues songs, pop music or any other style that you would like to play. For many people, Improvise for Real is the key that enabled them to finally understand harmony and to really enjoy improvising. The method is open to all instruments and all ability levels, including complete beginners. You do not need to know anything at all about music theory to begin, and there is no sight reading required.

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Author information

David Reed's mission is to teach all people how to connect with their own musical creativity and enjoy improvising and composing their own music. While his own musical background is primarily in jazz music, his approach to teaching improvisation is universal and applies to all styles of music. During his early years of teaching musical improvisation for all instruments, David became increasingly frustrated with the cliches and formulas that are commonly taught in improvisation courses. He felt that these rules and formulas were forcing students into a very superficial relationship with improvising, and this often caused them more harm than good. He began to imagine a different kind of improvisation method that would enable students to explore and discover the beautiful world of modern harmony for themselves. For more than 10 years David worked to develop a complete method that would give musicians this direct, personal experience with each sound in our musical system, taking students directly to the same understanding of harmony that is enjoyed by every great improviser. The method is called Improvise for Real (IFR), and it is fast on its way to becoming the definitive system for learning to improvise. It is now being used by both students and teachers in more than 20 countries. David also provides jam tracks and other learning materials to support the entire IFR community. You can learn more at David currently spends most of the year in Amsterdam, Netherlands. His primary instrument is the nylon string guitar. He also enjoys playing both the trumpet and the piano. A musician for more than 30 years, his unique perspective on music and creativity is based on his experiences playing and teaching music in Brazil, Argentina, Spain, Senegal, Guinea-Bissau, Nicaragua and the United States."