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Intro to Improvisation - Fundamentals for Creating Music on the Spot

via Skillshare


Have you ever wanted to able to play anything on your instrument on demand? Ever listen to the greats and wonder how they manage to create incredible music off the top of their heads?

This course is designed to get you playing along and to give you a head start in your improvisational journey regardless of what instrument you play.

No music theory required!

All you need is basic proficiency on your instrument and some musical inspiration. You'll play along with me and learn how to get better! Together, we'll break through the barriers that may have kept you from trying to improvise before now. Sometimes it can feel awkward or strange to try playing with nothing in front of us and no particular direction to follow. We're often afraid to sound bad!

In this course, you'll overcome many of the fears and questions you've had surrounding the art of improvisation and we'll tackle a variety of ways you can get better including:

  • Speaking the "Language" of music
  • How to practice improvising
  • Transcribing the work of others
  • Listening to music with intention
  • Much more!!

Course Resources can be found in the "Project & Resource" tab, as well as on my website:

The course is loosely based in Jazz, but the concepts apply to music universally. No matter what you want to be able to play, this is a great place to start!


  • Intro
  • What Is Improvisation?
  • Course Resources
  • Getting Started - Part 1
  • Getting Started - Part 2
  • Review and Try Again
  • Learning To Speak In Music - Singing Exercise
  • How We Practice Improvisation
  • Copy Your Way To Success
  • The Case For Theory
  • The Importance of Listening
  • Putting It All Together - Part 1
  • Putting It All Together - Part 2
  • Outro
  • BONUS - A Lesson With Thomas Frank

Taught by

Charles Cornell

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