This guest post looks at research linking emotional mind-states with blocks in information retention, and how that might affect musicians.
Ep. 30 of Themes and Variation features Peter Martin, jazz pianist and composer, educator, and founder of the e-learning site, Open Studio.
Based on neuroscience research, improvisation can deactivate the self-judgment in your brain, and help you engage more creatively with music.
A personal OpEd on one of Sonny Rollins’ most classic melodies, and a reframed way to improvise within blues-infused modern jazz.
In this excerpted lesson from Soundfly’s The Improviser’s Toolkit, Mahea Lee explains why it’s important to let your notes “breathe” a bit.
Today we’re taking an introductory look at one of the 20th century’s most daring avant-garde composers and his music, Christian Wolff.
Some general thoughts on why improvisation is healthy and encouraged for musicians of all levels and types to experiment with.
A lesson on how to use one of the most exciting and practical scale modes for soloing on the guitar in jazz, blues, rock, and fusion.
In this edition of “Talking Points,” composers and electronic artists Ryuichi Sakamoto and Alva Noto discuss the nature of collaboration and improvisation.
+ Learn to create and arrange original, instrumental hip-hop music from sampling pioneer RJD2 himself in his…