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Improvise for Real: The complete method for all instruments. (English Edition) [Format Kindle]

David Reed
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If you dream of improvising your own solos in concerts and jam sessions, playing songs with friends at parties and even composing your own original music, then what you need is a method that shows you exactly how modern harmony works and how to connect with your own musical creativity.

Improvise for Real is the first method that shows you the entire path to improvisation mastery. The method organizes the complex and sometimes confusing musical studies of the improviser into a simple and elegant framework called the Five Exercises.

Exercise 1: Landscape – Imagine being able to see in your mind the entire map of a large city at once. That’s how we would ideally like to feel about our entire musical range. Exercise 1 is where we develop our ability for movement and visualization so that we can paint any musical shape we want, anywhere on our instrument.

Exercise 2: Melody – In Exercise 2 you will discover the underlying tonal structures that contain all of the sounds and melodies we hear every day. If you've always wondered how some musicians are able to play any song they know in any key effortlessly, IFR Exercise 2 is where you will learn how to do this. For the first time you will be able to recognize any melody by ear and to play it instantly in any key on your instrument. You will also learn to express your own musical ideas exactly as you hear them in your mind.

Exercise 3: Pure Harmony – At this level you will learn to recognize the chords to the songs you hear on the radio and you will be able to weave your own melodies effortlessly through these chord changes. If you've ever struggled to "keep up with the changes" because each new chord requires you to build a whole new scale in some new place on your instrument, IFR Exercise 3 will show you how to solve this problem forever. You will learn to see the "big picture" of the harmony so that you can create infinite melodies with complete freedom.

Exercise 4: Mixed Harmony – At this level you will have the all the tools you need to improvise over advanced harmonies like those found in jazz standards, bossa nova and other modern styles. You will be able to sit in at jam sessions and improvise with complete confidence no matter what tune is called. If you are fascinated by the rich and exotic sounds of jazz music, Exercise 4 is where you will discover the secrets to creating these sounds in your own music.

Exercise 5: Free Harmony – If you choose to go as far as Exercise 5 you will discover the fascinating world of free improvisation. You will learn to apply your knowledge of tonal harmony in a more abstract way that enables you to instantly respond to whatever is going on around you musically and to participate in this conversation without needing written chord changes. You will learn to depend on your ear and your imagination as the only orientation you need.

Improvise for Real is being used by both students and teachers in more than 20 countries. The method is open to all instruments and all ability levels. You do not need to know anything at all about music theory to begin, and there is no sight reading required. The exercises are easy to understand and fun to practice. For many people, Improvise for Real is the key that enabled them to finally understand harmony and to really enjoy improvising.

Biographie de l'auteur

David Reed’s mission is to teach all people how to connect with their own musical creativity and enjoy improvising and composing their own music. While his own musical background is primarily in jazz music, his approach to teaching improvisation is universal and applies to all styles of music. During his early years of teaching musical improvisation for all instruments, David became increasingly frustrated with the clichés and formulas that are commonly taught in improvisation courses. He felt that these rules and formulas were forcing students into a very superficial relationship with improvising, and this often caused them more harm than good. He began to imagine a different kind of improvisation method that would enable students to explore and discover the beautiful world of modern harmony for themselves. For more than 10 years David worked to develop a complete method that would give musicians this direct, personal experience with each sound in our musical system, taking students directly to the same understanding of harmony that is enjoyed by every great improviser. The method is called Improvise for Real (IFR), and it is fast on its way to becoming the definitive system for learning to improvise. It is now being used by both students and teachers in more than 20 countries. David also provides jam tracks and other learning materials to support the entire IFR community. You can learn more at www.ImproviseForReal.com. David currently spends most of the year in Amsterdam, Netherlands. His primary instrument is the nylon string guitar. He also enjoys playing both the trumpet and the piano. A musician for more than 30 years, his unique perspective on music and creativity is based on his experiences playing and teaching music in Brazil, Argentina, Spain, Senegal, Guinea-Bissau, Nicaragua and the United States.

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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Ce livre est une vraie révolution pédagogique 31 mai 2014
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Ce livre est une révolution.
Il change de manière radicale de la manière occidentale d'approcher la musique.

Les deux principales caractéristiques qui font la réussite de la pédagogie de ce livre sont :

D'une part, l'abandon du système de nommage absolutiste occidental. Absolutiste dans le sens où un Do sera toujours un Do peu importe sa place dans la tonalité... Cela au profit d'une approche relativiste des notes - Chaque note est nommée relativement à sa position dans la tonalité (Exactement comme dans le système de musique classique indienne).

Cela peut paraitre négligeable... Mais en fait, cette approche relativiste va facilité la connexion cognitive entre chaque note de la tonalité (et même hors tonalité) et notre esprit.
En d'autre terme, cela devient aussi évident d'entendre plusieurs notes d'un morceau et de distinguer la quinte, la tierce et la septième, que de voir plusieurs animaux et de distinguer un chien, un chat et un oiseau !
Au final, c'est même beaucoup plus utile et plus puissant que l'oreille absolue...

Par extension, avec un peu (vraiment un peu) d'entrainement, on peut reconnaitre la nature d'un accord (les notes qui le compose).

Ou même, avec un peu plus d'entrainement, on peut écouter un morceau prendre son instrument, jouer une seule note, écouter l’interaction entre la note jouée et le morceau et déterminer immédiatement la position de la note jouée dans la tonalité du morceau, et donc improviser dans la tonalité sans même avoir regardé une partition ou une grille d'accord auparavant !
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 The first, last and only book on music you ever really need. 28 septembre 2012
Par Scott Seward - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Innate musicality has been "hard-wired" into all humans from birth. Some people claim to be tone deaf, but this is actually quite rare. All humans have the ability to understand music, which is a hearing art, where sounds are used to create moods and feelings and responses in the mind of the listener. Music is not a word...music is based solely in sound, and it can only be truly experienced by hearing and listening. There are only 12 tones or sounds in western music, a maximum of 12 notes, regardless of how complex sounding or advanced the music may be. And nearly all music only uses 7 notes in any single piece of music.

This "IFR" system lays out a brilliant and simple method for teaching you how to recognize notes, and melodies and harmonies, because you will finally understand the depth and meaning of these sounds. With this method, you will come to deeply know what all 12 notes are doing musically and how to recognize and move them around in your mind. This makes the hyper-technical "Modal Theory" much easier to understand, because when you strip away the complex instruction of modal theory it's application is actually fairly straight-forward and simple.

This book takes bits and pieces from different sources, but reorganizes everything into a cohesive whole that is holistic and that makes "musical" sense. Music is an experiential art that is dense with meaning and feeling. A picture is worth a thousand words because pictures contain so much information and detail. We could waste hours using language trying to describe details in a picture, or we could just show the picture and let someone experience it. Similarly, music uses sounds to create experiences and the only way to learn that is by experiencing it and internalizing it.

This method uses a brilliant trick of letting music teach you its own nifty and precious little secrets. There is no way of really capturing that in words. But exercises can be designed and performed that give the student the experience of what music is really saying. It is like finally knowing how to speak a foreign language, because you finally get all the grammar and vocabulary and how they construct meaning. With this method you finally will be able to understand and construct meaning with music, which is the highest form of art in music.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Review from an acoustic guitar player with two years' experience 10 avril 2014
Par Terence Coughlin Jr. - Publié sur Amazon.com
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David Reed's approach to melody, harmony, tonal center, chords - to appreciating the learning of music in general - is truly freeing. My mom was a high school music teacher and piano teacher, so I have some understanding of theory through osmosis (I didn't much care about music theory at the time, as I was a drummer), but everything David writes in this book about the frustration of memorizing theory/chord diagrams/scale patterns on guitar vs. this book's approach is absolutely on target in my own personal experience. My wife has zero musical background, and even she was able to understand - and replicate - the "magic key" of the major scale on our keyboard (as described in the book) instantly. She was simply amazed.

Our 9 year old son started piano lessons a few months ago, and while he tolerates theory and sheet music, the bulk of his time playing is recreating songs in his head via trial-and-error. I think kids naturally approach learning music in the manner David writes about, before all the strict practice regimen on traditional theory sucks the joy out of it for many of them. When my son heard me showing my wife the major scale, he walked over and played it all over the keyboard on his own. I asked him how he knew what he was doing, and his answer was illustrative - he said he just plays what sounds right in his head. This echoes a major sentiment of the book.

In short, this book was a revelation. By my read, it is not intended to be a direct 1-for-1 replacement of more traditional approaches to musical training - you still need to practice technique at your instrument - but rather it is a supplement, and it has heightened my personal enjoyment of learning and *experiencing* my guitar playing multiple times over.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Improvise for real 29 mars 2012
Par Isaac Fàbregas - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I had the opportunity two years ago to study improvisation with David Reed, the author of this book. I have to say that the Improvise for Real method truly opened my mind. I was frustrated with the music classes and methods I had tried because they seemed incomprehensible. I was already composing my own songs but I felt very limited. I didn't feel like a "real" musician because I didn't really understand what I was doing and I had no way to expand it.

But I was surprised by how easy and practical David's method is. It teaches you truly "see" the basic elements of music so that you can understand them. It shows you how to translate the music that you love and feel inside you. You can even learn to recognize every single note of any song you hear, and immediately play it in any key without sheet music (if you want to). David starts with the premise that everything you hear comes from just seven notes, and this gives you hope and motivation to learn to recognize these seven notes in the music all around you.

In other words, the method brings you closer to music rather than farther away (as so many improvisation methods seem to do). The path David shows is in fact a return to a more natural and innocent relationship with music, in which we hear it, understand it and create it without having any need for rules about what notes to play. In this way, it literally teaches you how to play the music you imagine.

The focus of David's method is inward. You learn to clarify your own sensations and recognize the music in your memories, your favorite songs, and also the music that you imagine and create. In fact, this kind of learning lets you explore music by yourself with total freedom. Once you learn how to use the method, you can continue learning on your own for your whole life.

The Improvise for Real method is totally different from the typical approach to learning harmony and I think it should be implemented in every serious music school. I was pleasantly surprised to see that there is now a book with this method. I encourage everyone interested in music to take a look.

Grateful and happy,
Isaac Fàbregas Fernández
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 The Way, The Truth, and The Light 5 mars 2013
Par Michael Chapman - Publié sur Amazon.com
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David could have easily named this book "The Dao / Tao of Music" I am a professional performing and teaching at University level musician, and this is the greatest book on music I have worked with in my 25 years.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Simple and effective 10 septembre 2012
Par Kindle Customer - Publié sur Amazon.com
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This book is the most fun you can have sitting down. The author introduces a series of exercises that methodically improves your ability to improvise. Some of them (like free singing the numbered tones in scales) you can do in your car, if you don't mind the stares. My favorite is improvising along with songs on the radio. Once you can do it with your voice, you can start to do it with your instrument.

Perhaps the most interesting thing (to me) has to do with starting a scale on the 2nd thru 7th notes instead of the first, to produce 6 more scales for every note. These scales were just sitting there waiting to be pointed out, like dark matter (assuming it exists).

I highly recommend this book. You will find, I think, that you already know how to improvise and just need the encouragement this book offers.
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