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: 413,130

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If you dream of improvising your own solos in concerts and jam sessions, weaving your own melodies effortlessly across any chord progression and truly expressing yourself creatively, then what you need is a complete method that shows you how modern harmony really works and how to connect with your own musical creativity. Improvise for Real is the most comprehensive improvisation method in the world, and it is fast on its way to becoming the definitive system for learning to improvise. Already being used by both students and teachers in more than 20 countries, the method shows you the "inner workings" of modern harmony and teaches you to create your own melodies from the very first day. The method organizes the complex and sometimes confusing musical studies of the improviser into a simple and elegant framework called the Five Exercises. Exercise 1: Landscape - Imagine being able to see in your mind the entire map of a large city at once. That's how we would ideally like to feel about our entire musical range. Exercise 1 is where we develop our ability for movement and visualization so that we can paint any musical shape we want, anywhere on our instrument. Exercise 2: Melody - In Exercise 2 you will learn to understand the sounds and melodies in the music all around you. If you've always wondered how some musicians are able to play any song they know in any key effortlessly, IFR Exercise 2 is where you will learn how to do this. For the first time you will be able to recognize any melody by ear and to play it instantly in any key on your instrument. You will also learn to express your own musical ideas exactly as you hear them in your mind. Exercise 3: Pure Harmony - At this level you will begin to work with chord progressions and you will learn to weave your own melodies effortlessly through these chord changes. If you've ever struggled to "keep up with the changes" because each new chord requires you to build a whole new scale in some new place on your instrument, IFR Exercise 3 will show you how to solve this problem forever. You will learn to see the "big picture" of the harmony so that you can create infinite melodies with complete freedom. Exercise 4: Mixed Harmony - At this level you will have the all the tools you need to improvise over advanced harmonies like those found in jazz standards, bossa nova and other modern styles. You will be able to sit in at jam sessions and improvise with complete confidence no matter what tune is called. If you are fascinated by the rich and exotic sounds of jazz music, Exercise 4 is where you will learn to create these sounds in your own music. Exercise 5: Free Harmony - Students who go as far as Exercise 5 will receive an introduction to the fascinating world of free improvisation. You will learn to apply your knowledge of tonal harmony in a more abstract way that enables you to instantly respond to whatever is going on around you musically and to participate in this conversation without needing written chord changes. You will learn to depend on your ear and your imagination as the only orientation you need. The method is open to all instruments and all ability levels. The exercises are easy to understand and fun to practice. For many people, Improvise for Real is the key that enabled them to finally understand harmony and to really enjoy improvising.

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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."