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#1127577 - 06/24/05 08:41 AM Improvisation - Any Style
demosthenes Offline
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Hey guys,

Recently, my friends asked me to improvise with them...One of them is a drummer and one a guitar player. I'm not really sure what style you could call it, since it was pretty much just making stuff up randomly. I guess it was sort of like an upbeat Rolling Stones song or something...
But on the piano, how would one improvise in a band situation like this? Is there a 'method' to it, or do you need to think up a melody on the spot? Also, what kind of chords would you use if the piece was say in C major?
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#1127578 - 06/24/05 09:10 AM Re: Improvisation - Any Style
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Registered: 01/27/05
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Diatonic stuff mostly:


then if everyone seemed to be catching on

B half-dim


F lydian

... and keep going as long as everyone seemed to be following along.

#1127579 - 06/24/05 09:30 AM Re: Improvisation - Any Style
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Stones in C =
||: C | F :||

Try noodling in the pool of the
C Major Blues Scale:
C D D# E G A

Over F you can dabble in the
F Major Blues Scale
F G G# A C D

You can also sparingly get greasy with the
C Minor Blues Scale:
C Eb F F# G Bb
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#1127580 - 06/24/05 09:32 AM Re: Improvisation - Any Style
MikeMcf31 Offline
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and play up inthe keyboard as the guitar is a middle gange instrument

#1127581 - 06/24/05 04:27 PM Re: Improvisation - Any Style
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Registered: 03/02/05
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The operative word is "noodle." Then noodle some more. Then develop your your mistakes. When it becomes fun, come back and tidy things by using the suggestions above.

First the noodle;-)



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