Great Improv advice from piano podcast.

visionari1

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I've been listening to Willie Myette, who has a Radio Show, on Blogtalkradio calledShow here is the url http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewPodcast?i=59147639&id=210889611

His most current podcast is on Improvisation (starts at 3 minutes) This is perfect advice for Saxophonists (or any melody instruments)
I've learned heaps from this guy, he's easy to understand, really starting to fill in the theory gaps now, I reckon anybody can really improvise, oh yeah it takes work but anything good does.
Ciao
Jimu:mrcool
 

Linky Lee

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hey, I've downloaded about 7 or 8 of the podcasts and have listened to a couple. Some really good stuff in there. Got the piano itch again though, going to invest in a midi controller that can double as a keyboard as soon as I get some money together.

Cheers.
 
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visionari1

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hey, I've downloaded about 7 or 8 of the podcasts and have listened to a couple. Some really good stuff in there. Got the piano itch again though, going to invest in a midi controller that can double as a keyboard as soon as I get some money together.

Cheers.
Hi linky.

I've been getting into keyboards to get more of a handle on jazz theory, chords scales etc.

The visual quality of a keyboard is really opening my understanding as well as my ears...so this is all good. (although it cuts out a little of my sax practise time)

I like Willie Myette's sort of off topic replies about music, which applies to all instruments.

Another thing I've learned is (for me) it's very helpfull to say the notes as I play them (on the keyboard out loud) This really gets the brain speed up and links this with the ears!

This is also opening my ears to hear the other parts of a band like the Piano, Base, & drums etc.
As always more learnt, more still to learn,
exciting Eh!

Cheers & Ciao:mrcool
 
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Linky Lee

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Indeed. I've always been a fan of the piano and have tried my hand at learning my way around the keyboard unsuccessfully in the past but still like to tinkle the ivories whenever I get a chance.

Some of the piano stuff you do have to dig through but you can even apply the principals behind some of that stuff onto the sax, especially the inversions which can really help create flowing lines based on the chord tones.

I've subscribed to the podcasts now which themselves take a lot of time as each one is half an hour long, but I think they're worth it.

I've always found theoretical work much easier in front of a keyboard. In my music exams I did the first thing I ever did was draw myself a keyboard on the front page. I think this comes from being a more visual learner than an aural one. I don't think the exam system combined with the teachers I had at a younger age did anything to help this. It was very much about getting to grade 8 as soon as possible to make the teacher look good on paper, irrespective of how 'musical' the student was being.
 
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