For each of the 7 octaves, we will jam…improvise.
When we improvise, we are seeking exhaustion.
What is exhaustion?
Exhaustion is doing everything we can possibly think of with a set of tones. In this case, the set of tones will be an octave shape with tones filled in [a scale; and, chords].
If we do this for long enough, we “exhaust” the possibilities. Not literally, but close. We definitely know it. We get to a point of knowing [through tinkering] that feels a lot like…”I know this”.
Some improvising guidelines follow. Use them, or just do your own thing.
- Start this process whether you want to or not. It takes time to develop and is the foundation of melody writing.
- Listen on all levels. To your inner hearing & mind, to your hands & heart.
- Let all scripts go and just jam.
- Keep the board boundary [stay within the current octave], then don’t keep it.
- Consider tone names and numbers for a moment. Then, forget.
- Sing. To yourself, and aloud.
- Consider using visuals or feeling-tones. Nature, friends, experiences.
- Explore every conceivable combination of tones. Go in any order, repeat tones, & use slurs (pulls, hammers, slides, bends, & vibrato).
- Noodle. Tinker. Keep it fun.
Your melodic and artistic sensibilities awaken when you improvise for long enough.
You may even find motifs or whole melodies from tunes you know.
This process assists with songwriting and overall good musician health.
Improvising also makes us more flexible when we go to jam with others.