Improvisation “In the moment” musical composition No music in front of you Common practice in Jazz Michel Camilo
What is a scale? A sequence of musical notes Ascending and Descending order Different scales have different number of notes Musicians use scales to create their improvisations
The Pentatonic Scale Five different notes in the scale…duh. PENTA-tonic. Heard frequently in music of Asian cultures. Chinese Bamboo Flute
The Pentatonic Scaleis SUPER easy to play You can all play a pentatonic scale on the piano Just play the black keys…not the white ones Take some time to practice playing just the black keys. These are all notes in a pentatonic scale.
Improvising Improvising using the pentatonic scale is easy You can play the notes in any order You can play more than one note at the same time if you want to
Improvising Assignment Open GarageBand Import the audio clip (Pentatonic.mp3) Insert a new track Choose any instrument you think sounds good Practice improvising over the audio and then record your improvisation Remember to adjust the gain of your individual tracks so your melody can easily be heard