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Definition of Improvisation

Post by Admin Andrew on Tue May 27, 2008 3:38 am

I just wanted to post this up so people would know the definition of an improvisation


improvisation
a performance given extempore without planning or preparation

improvisation
a creation spoken or written or composed extemporaneously (without prior preparation)

here's the link http://www.wordreference.com/definition/improvisation

Very Happy If you prepare at all or start with any idea of what you're going to do, than it is not an improv Wink up until maybe like 5 seconds before you sit down, you could call that an improvisation.

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Re: Definition of Improvisation

Post by Sepheron on Tue May 27, 2008 3:42 am

It's like the saying andrew: Improvisation is like on-the-spot composition, and compositions is just a slow improvisation :p hehe

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Re: Definition of Improvisation

Post by Thomandy on Tue May 27, 2008 3:55 am

True as written Smile Hehe, I guess My improv cind of made you create this Improvedefenitiontopic. But, then I can asure you that my improv was made up on the spot, I didnt even know I was going to play an Octaveimprov, it just happend. Only thing I had been practicing was the scale. =)

And actually, you got to have some knowledge to do a improv. If you fex dont know scales or how to transpond from scales, your improvisation will suck. Razz Good improvisors got the theory down to their skelleton. And that is important to do a good improv! Smile
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Re: Definition of Improvisation

Post by Thomandy on Tue May 27, 2008 4:39 am

Wiki -

"An improvisor could start from no overall structure, and merely explore familiar and unfamiliar patterns and shapes. Or he could prepare an outline ahead of time, one which might not restrict him to a harmonic or melodic progression, or on the other hand, create or prepare the outline on the spot."

"Generally, improvisation is prepared for via the theory.."

Translated by me from Norwegian Wiki -

"Alot of musicians improvise when they play. Wich means that they havnt planed exactly what notes to play before thy start, But they often improvise acourding to a given chordprogression."

"Improvisation means that not everything is prepared, but improvisation DEMANDS preparing. For a musician got to know about scales, chords, genres, riffs, rythmical patterns, melodys, and harmonys. Ex: If you can improvise in jazz, it does Not mean you know how to improvise classicaly"

"Mozart improvised often in his aera, and they often had improveduels. Often a given melodyline or someone in the audience whistled a melody that they used to guide their improvisation."

"Pianist in the classical eare often prepared, and practiced spesificaly on how to improvise"


Well, what Im trying to say is that Improvisation isnt just sitting down at the piano and playing without any knowledge. There Are alot of preparation to do, and alot of practice ++ to be a good improvisor. Smile

Source: Wikipedia - Musical Improvisation


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Re: Definition of Improvisation

Post by Admin Andrew on Tue May 27, 2008 4:42 am

Alright Thomas I'll give it to you Smile Let's just call it a draw Very Happy

I didn't mean any disrespect though! I still think what you did was really good! I hope i didn't offend you ! Embarassed

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Re: Definition of Improvisation

Post by Thomandy on Tue May 27, 2008 4:48 am

Admin Andrew wrote:Alright Thomas I'll give it to you Smile Let's just call it a draw Very Happy

I didn't mean any disrespect though! I still think what you did was really good! I hope i didn't offend you ! Embarassed

Hehe Very Happy Of course not, you didnt offend me at all. Hope I didnt offend you by getting so much wikistuff to try to see Improve from the oposite view. And, why should I get offended? Smile I didnt prepare besides getting to know the scale really well. If you where to aske me to play that again, only thing I really could play would be the very first octave Razz hehe I didnt have any melody in my head when I started, so I didnt really do anything of these things I listed from wikipedia Smile

Well, that was a long answer to say that No, you did not offend me at all Very Happy
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