Research Journal - Sept 1st, 2021
I was feelin some of the percussive sounds coming from the keys, so I decided to structure some improv around those rhythms. Limiting yourself to certain keys, rhythms, feels, intervals, etc is so important to developing an improvisation practice - this is second nature in jazz pedagogy but is severely lacking in many conversations in contemporary improvisation settings. Likewise, there's something to using a new instrument to play familiar music, at least music that has easily identifiable harmony, forms or phrasing, rather than working outside of existing structures. The limitations not only allow for greater communication of "what the music is doing", but also force the musician to come up with creative solutions as to how to make the music happen.