CPTP075: The 5 Myths of Improvisation with Bradley Sowash

By Tim Topham | Accompanying

Feb 17

Bradley is a fantastic improviser and has inspired many piano teachers to bring creativity into their piano teaching studios. Through this experience, he has found these 5 myths of improvisation stop many classically trained pianists from getting started with jazz or improv.

Bradley Sowash

When we allow ourselves to believe these myths, we’re closing ourselves and our students off from a whole section of music making. And the truth is, you probably already improvise in some way. Even if you don’t know it yet.

As part of the classical to chords month, Bradley and I are going to bust through the myths of improvisation. While we’re at it, we’re throwing in some quick and easy accompaniment patterns you can use to teach creativity right away.

So jump in, and get started with improvisation today. It’s not scary I promise.

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Transcript

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In this episode, you’ll learn

  • What improvisation means to Bradley
  • The elements of jazz that are open for creativity
  • Why Bradley was drawn to jazz in the first place
  • How to improve your musical ear
  • Why you don’t have to be Oscar Peterson to improvise
  • The approach to creativity and reading that Bradley advocates
  • How to move to the next level with teaching creativity
  • Why classically trained pianists shouldn’t be scared of the uncertainty of improv
  • How to get through a lack of musical inspiration in the moment
  • Tricks and patterns that you can use right away in your teaching

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Which of these myths of improvisation did you believe?

Was one of these myths getting in the way of musical creativity for you? Do you think your students have any of these preconceptions about to improvisation?

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About the Author

Best-known for his blogging and teaching, Tim is also a well-respected presenter, performer and accompanist based in Melbourne, Australia. You can check him out on Google+, Facebook and Twitter.

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