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13 Answered Questions for the topic improvisation

Improvisation Jazz Jazz Improvisation

04/22/20

Can improvisation be learned online?

Improvisation Piano Composition

07/08/19

Piano - what is 'Improvisation'?

I'd like to ask what defines improvisation. I know that it revolves around playing without a score, but is the absence of a score the sole condition for improvisation? If I come up with a piano... more
Improvisation Composition Theory

06/30/19

Finding the "Starting point" when creating a composition or score?

This is a fairly simple one, and hopefully not too wide-open to be permitted here: what approaches are available when sitting at a fresh screen or sheet of paper, or at your instrument, to create... more
Improvisation Piano Songwriting

06/19/19

Accompanying a RH melody (improv/comp)?

Are there any interesting rhythms/patterns for accompanying the melody (because I can play those by ear), such as breaking chords or etc. For doing piano covers of pop music, I am able to play the... more
Improvisation Songwriting Composition

06/19/19

Is a chromatic mediant considered a modulation?

Say I go from a C major chord to an E major chord. I understand that this is a chromatic mediant. Does this change my key from C to E though? said differently, does non-functional harmony change... more
Improvisation Composition Theory

06/03/19

Why is a Cadence important in music?

I'm confused as to what a cadence does. The only thing I understand is that like English it's a period in a sentence. Is that its primary purpose to separate pieces of thought? And how important is... more
Improvisation Songwriting Composition

05/09/19

Can any melody / motif be turned into a good sounding melody? (Theoretical and practical question.)?

I've read and experienced and I noticed that rhythm, rest placing and even very minor (no pun inteded) changes to the melody, for example some flat or sharp can change it drastically. My question... more
Improvisation Songwriting Composition

05/08/19

Freestyle Advice for Beatboxing?

So I have been beatboxing for a couple of months now, got inspired by GBBB battles. I can do the basic sounds (kick drum, hi hats, (inward and outward) K snares, pf Snare, throat bass, lip... more
Improvisation Songwriting Composition

04/14/19

How do video game music composers make so many songs for one game? Are all of them some sort of musical talent / genius?

I love video game soundtracks from to 8-bit ones to the very orchestral pieces but it's not clear to me how they can make so many songs for one game. Even if there are motifs which can help make... more
Improvisation Songwriting Composition

03/19/19

Which chromatic passing tone to use?

I'm wondering if there's certain chromatic passing tones that are used more than others. Especially in classical or pop improvisation/composition. For example in the key of C, each of the five... more
Improvisation Composition Theory

03/19/19

Finding the "Starting point" when creating a composition or score?

This is a fairly simple one, and hopefully not too wide-open to be permitted here: what approaches are available when sitting at a fresh screen or sheet of paper, or at your instrument, to create... more
Improvisation Songwriting Composition

03/18/19

How are melodic sequences used?

I keep hearing about sequences. I know that there's both harmonic and melodic sequences. I am familiar with harmonic sequences I believe they're also called "basso ostinato" where you play a... more
Improvisation Composition Theory

03/12/19

What is a parallel mode?

What is a parallel mode? How are the parallel modes used in composition and/or improvisation?

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