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: 471,715

Product description

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 how music really works and how to connect with your own musical creativity. Through a creative daily practice that feels more like the martial arts than a typical music course, you will learn to understand the sounds in the music all around you and to improvise with confidence in any musical situation. Here are some of the skills you will learn: Improvise your own solos over jazz standards, blues music, pop songs or any other style you 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. See the "inner workings" of chord progressions and learn to create these sounds in your music. 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! For thousands of musicians, Improvise for Real is the key that enabled them to finally understand harmony and to really enjoy improvising. Instead of giving you rules and formulas about what notes you are supposed to play (scales, licks, "modes," etc.), Improvise for Real empowers you to make your OWN creative choices about what notes to play. The exercises are easy to understand and fun to practice, and you will be improvising your own original melodies from the very first day.

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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."