I improvise is often described as melodic
And a lot of people that play jazz in a
more kinda mainstream
side of jazz are often described as
Well what does that mean?
Well I can remember,
when I was a little kid, my dad playing me
records of Django Reinhart.
And him saying to me, after Django had
played the melodies,
all these other things would start going
And he'd say, he's improvising there.
So I said, what's that.
And he said, Well, and my dad who was a
kinda he was a,
you know, he spoke very, very simply and
He said to me, Well, he said, Imagine
this, imagine the,
you've played the melody over the chords
and then you make your own melody up.
On the top.
So, you think of another melody that will
also fit the chords.
Now, this is nothing new.
We go back to our old friend Johann
who I've mentioned many times here so.
They had in the old days, they had
variations on a theme.
[COUGH] Something that's often forgotten
about, is that the classical
composers of Europe, hundreds of years
ago, were improvisers.
Because, basically composition is
So when you're making up you're making up
a melody or you're make a piece of music.
The only difference is with improvisation
is it's instant.
It's on the moment.
You haven't got time to think about it.
What shall I play on this?
I know it's one other.
It's it's something that happens
And hopefully with the knowledge you have
in, in your background,
you backs up any inspiration that you, you
have during that time.
That's how I started to improvise,
I used to take a melody like melody I just
Now I can, I can do a variation on that.
That's, that's kinda keeping the melody a
But I'm, I'm just moving away from it a
little, a little bit.
So, I can do another one.
I'm just making up another one now.
I'll just start off using the same first
few notes of the melody,
just to establish it.
Here's another one.
So I'm taking the melody, but
also because I know the chord structure
I'm able to play around that as well.
So I'm, I'm playing variations on
And each time, I can move further and
further away from it.
So, here's the melody again just to remind
Now, here's an improvisation on-
Every so often I was going away from
the melody, slightly, but bringing the
melody back in.
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