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Improvise for Real: The Complete Method for All Instruments Paperback – February 27, 2013
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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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This is an extraordinary 'system' of thinking about and understanding music that will truly change, or at least complement your approach to music -- likely for the rest of your life. And it is perfect for those of us who are not prodigies. Think about it - music schools love to tout their 'success' by the number of prodigies who have graduated - but the real challenge is making music clear to those of us who struggle to put all the components together. David Reed is a master level teacher who really understands where 'we' are - and how to help us 'see' the larger systems of music.
One thing you should know is that the book is not a series of 'practice exercises' in music notation -but a beautifully written text that addresses the way people think about music and see it. He is a great guide and coach -and believes that nearly anyone can really learn to play and improvise. It is a beautiful explanation of how theory works, and how we can grasp it and use it. And how we can hear music.
Right on the cover he says: "Understand the music you hear. Play the music you imagine." This is not hyperbole.
Now let's talk about the price. It seems like a lot for a paperback book, right? But an hour music lesson costs between $50-$100 or more these days - and this is a book you can refer to for years - and is likely to 'unlock' a great deal of your potential and release many of your fears of being slow or inadequate. He is helping us 'speak the language' and see that the language is already there inside of us. So in that light this book is a bargain.
I don't endorse many things, but I am moved to endorse this system and this wonderful educator.
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After reading this book, I realized that I've never truly listened to my guitar, even I have played many many pieces, but they are by others, I just play and then the music go away, I even have never thought of how a note sounds on my guitar.
Things have changed pretty much, I start my everyday practice by playing the Maps & singing along - the process which I believe a way of music creation and improvisation. To me, this is the very first step to explore the art of music.
I myself not yet applied many of the methods/techniques from the books, but the very first & simple steps are so effective that I think every body from a beginner to a pro can use.
Love my guitar more & believe that improvise is real :)
If you have even a little background in music theory you will finally get musically what you studied literally.
I will not spoil it for you by revealing any of the exercises.
BUT this is a common sense approach.
If you have practiced your scales like a fanatic, this is a source that now allows you to make music. In other words you are ahead of the game.
BUT if you know nothing about music theory never played a scale this publication WILL BENEFIT YOU.
I made my purchase on Amazon, on the authors website he offers a money back guarantee.
I recommend this book to anyone serious about learning musical improvisation.
This reviewer owns many books on the subject some written by college professors, fake books, books with licks, Blues, jazz, classical you name it
this little gem hit the spot. I have folders full of licks written in every key, musical phrases from the public domain. I have tried it all, Its funny this little book will teach you to do what Yo-Yo Ma can not do.
Look for the Sesame Street segment with guess Yo-Yo Ma and Winton Marsalis Yo-Yo listens as Winston plays a very short riff and he just says over and over "how does he do that?" Well believe it or not follow the instructions in IFR and you will know "how he does it".
Just imagine Yo-Yo Ma truly a world class musician you might think he can play anything. Certainly a short jazz riff. But the mastery of improvisation was mystery even to him. No disrespect to Mr. Yo-Yo Ma he is a wonderful man and I love his music I only use the Sesame Street episode to illustrate the company we are in. Give David Reed's book a chance you may be pleasantly surprised.
P.S. I do not know this author from the man in the moon.