Improvisational Music Training
I will train you to be an accomplished musician, enough to understand and play improv music, by yourself or with anyone.
Compared to improv acting, improv music is a difficult beast to tackle, not only do you have to get your head out of the way, you also have to understand mastery of an instrument. The main goals for improv music is to: Create a conversation with other musicians, learn to channel creative ideas smoothly through an instrument, come up with an endless resource for ideas and surprise yourself by being a musical conduit for creativity.
Improvisation opens up the doorway to not only creative juices, but spiritual and mental healing. To be able to feel an emotion and know how to process what you're feeling through an instrument is an amazing tool for growth.
You will learn chords, intervals, melodies, rhythm, chord progressions, different styles of reading music, piano, guitar, drums/percussion, voice control, music production / arranging, tonal blending, counterpoint, harmony, dynamics, music styles, meditative musical awareness/resonance, conversational music/phrasing, musical channeling, and many other facets of improvisational music.
Improv music has been historically limited to predefined context; using some form of sheet music, repetitive chord structures or chord charts, outlining uniformity amongst multiple players. At it's core, improvisational comedy and acting is based on setting up a scene for actors to live and act in, but the structure becomes less rigid, as actors/characters continue to define boundaries. There are also improv music competitions, such as The Montreal International Musical Competition, where a setting is provided by the judges and the musician sculpts a musical idea around what is given.
The aim of this training is to study the majority of these musical improv awarenesses, as well as provide education for the freedom from these musical forms and constraints. Much of this training involves listening, not only to the other performers, but also listening to what melodies, vibrations and patterns speak to one's own core.
[Notice] The only requirement is one's own passion to play improv music. This form of education, while useful for any style of music performance and creation, is specifically designed for understanding and performing improv music and may be unsuccessful to fully translate, if the desire for music improv doesn't exist within the student.
Training & Qualifications
I have been a professional musician for 15 years, writing music for TV and film and recording/producing various different artists. My main instrument is piano (playing since the age of 4), but I also play guitar, bass, drums, viola and other instruments. I mainly play viola in the Castle Rock Symphony Orchestra, where I also write and orchestrate music for the orchestra.
Availability & Preferences
I'm usually free in the evenings on Monday or Tuesday.