Improvisation Games for Classical Musicians


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Improvisation Games for Classical Musicians
500+ Non-jazz Games for Performers, Educators, and Everyone Else

By Jeffrey Agrell
Spiral-bound book
372 pages

Why don't classical musicians improvise?  Why do jazz players get to have all the fun?  And how do they develop such fabulous technique and aural skills?

With these words, Jeffrey Agrell opens the door to improvisation for all non-jazz musicians who thought it was beyond their ability to play extemporaneously.  Gently, step-by-step, Agrell leads through a series of games, rather than exercises.  The game format takes the pressure off of classically trained musicians, steering them away from their fixation on mistake-free performance and introducing the basic concepts of playing with music itself instead of obsessing over a perfect rendition of a written score.

Improvisation Games for Classical Musicians can be used by solo individuals, groups from two to sixteen or more, and in classroom settings. They can be used in virtually any situation: as part of a semester course, for one player or twenty, for experts or amateurs, in school or at home.

Part I: Introduction: The Who, Why, and How of Improvisation
Part II: Improvisation Games
Part III: Resources
Part IV: Game Indices

**A special word to West Music Customers on Improvisation Games for Classical Musicians from the author:

"If you've ever had any interest in getting in on the fun of improvisation but hesitated because of the steep learning curve of jazz, this book is for you. The book provides ways for any traditionally trained musician to begin making their own music knowing what they know right now. There is a lot of explanatory material in the front, a lot of extra resources and information in the back, and many (over 500) musical improv games of every kind for every need in the middle. It doesn't matter whether you've ever improvised before, or whether you're a music teacher, instrumental teacher, vocalist, pianist, conductor, student, or even a jazz player - there is plenty here for you. You'll find out very quickly just how easy and how much fun it is to improvise, on your own or with friends. It's a wonderful thing to be able to make your own chamber music using any combination of instruments with players of (almost) any level. This book will provide you with new and wonderful musical adventures for a long time to come. Feel free to drop me a line about your experiences or send me questions about anything."

-Jeffrey Agrell


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