- Cheshire UK
Eh? You have a saxophone and can make a sound with it. What's stopping you?
Good question, don't quite know where to start and a lack of confidence I think.
I am too used to just playing what is in front of me (and don't do that too well) take away the written music and I don't have a clue.
building up a repertoire of melodies which you can play from memory is essential. To start with it will give you confidence to play without the 'safety belt' of a score in front of you. And if you are going to be an improviser is has to be done anyway...
Playing from memory will get your mind focused on the music in your head and fingers instead of just following orders from a piece of paper. It uses different parts of the brain, the ones you need for improvising.When you can play a dozen or more songs from memory so well that you hardly have to think about what you are playing, your mind will be in a suitable mood for improvisation.
My teacher had me improvising on my first lesson. After 5 years, I still don't think I am "at the stage" of being able to improvise, but I know lots of theory! I've done lots of improvising, but I wouldn't class myself as any good.I'm not at the stage of wanting to improvise
Improvising is merely playing by ear ...going wrong....and digging your way out...with a beat.
Interestingly, one of the subjects raised in the "leading an ensemble" online course that I am doing (based around conducting) makes the point that many people cannot keep time / feel the beat. The lecturer comments that even his 1st year undergraduates are often incapable.Therein lies my biggest problem the beat
Actually it would probably help that as a lot of what I play doesn't have a backing track so there is no beat except what I am supposed to count or feel but I struggle with this.