Improvise for Real

Improvise for Real

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Master the art of musical improvisation with the fastest growing improvisation method in the world. Already being used by both students and teachers in more than 20 countries, Improvise for Real shows you the entire path to improvisation mastery. Through a creative daily practice that feels more like the martial arts than a typical music course, you will learn to explore the beautiful world of modern harmony and to improvise with confidence in any musical situation. The method is open to all instruments and ability levels. The exercises are easy to understand and fun to practice. There is no sight reading required, and you don't need to know anything about music theory to begin. You will learn the entire landscape of modern harmony, from simple blues and pop music to the most sophisticated jazz compositions. And you will learn to play YOUR music, improvising your own melodies from the very first day. Here are some of the skills you will learn: Improvise with confidence over jazz standards, blues music, pop songs or any other style you would like to play. Learn to weave your own melodies effortlessly through chord changes and truly express yourself creatively. Learn to recognize chords by ear and find the key of the music instantly. Discover your creativity! Learn to express your OWN musical ideas at every level of the method. Method 100% integrated with your ear, with creative exercises for both instrument and voice. No prior knowledge of music theory or sight reading is required. Everyone is welcome! Improvise for Real starts with very simple creative exercises that you can begin right away. These exercises teach you the basic building blocks of our musical system. As you progress, these building blocks will get more sophisticated. But you'll be jamming, enjoying yourself and creating your own music every step of the way. The method is divided into five levels: Exercise 1: Landscape - 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 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 learn to improvise over advanced harmonies like those found in jazz standards, bossa nova and other modern styles. 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 - Exercise 5 is an introduction to the fascinating world of free improvisation. Improvise for Real is a complete solution for anyone who dreams of learning improvise. For thousands of musicians, Improvise for Real is the key that enabled them to finally understand harmony and to really enjoy improvising.

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  • Paperback | 262 pages
  • 188 x 246 x 20mm | 559.99g
  • David Reed Music
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 0984686363
  • 9780984686360
  • 448,578

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About David Reed

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."

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