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Improvising for Dummies…
Learn the basic melody
*Find a simple version of the tune, or learn the vocal melody of a
song
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Megan improv workshop

Improvising for Dummies - Megan Lynch Chowning

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Megan improv workshop

  1. 1. Improvising for Dummies… Learn the basic melody *Find a simple version of the tune, or learn the vocal melody of a song Learn the chords *Look for them in a book, online, or write them down when you see them at a jam Horse Donkey Horse Cow *Break your solo into manageable sections in your mind Change the rhythm *You must clap before you can walk *Try syncopating straight quarter notes *Double time simple phrases Add notes *Turns and trills *Extend intros and outros Subtract notes *Create spaces between the notes to change the feel of the melody Add chords or droning strings *Strum the appropriate chord in the middle of your break to create more dynamics *Fiddlers and mandolin players add droning strings to fill out the sound Try it in a different octave *Start in the regular octave for the first half of your break then switch to the other octave to finish the second half, or vice versa © Copyright 2009 FiddleStar

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