Letters of Life

The Difficulties of Improvisation

Fly me to the moon, and let me play among the stars,
Let me see what Spring is like on Jupiter and Mars. . .

Great lyrics sent to a wonderful chord progression with some surprises thrown in.
Still working on connecting the dots–i.e. the arpeggios— together, although the A minor scale (the song is in C) works great throughout.

I must say, working on improvisation is extremely challenging right now.
And so, I can’t wax lyrical about the thing.
Rather like getting a duck to fly.
Here’s why:
1. It is imperative that one is able to play the arpeggios in 7s or major 7s smoothly, and
2. so that one can link the arpeggios from bar to bar smoothly, and
3. remember to keep it simple with two-bar or four-bar phrases and
4. forget about arpeggios entirely at times. (Wow.)

The thought of having to transcribe the said improvisation, no matter how rough, is something I’m trying not to think about.

Like Scarlett O’Hara said, “I’ll think about it in the morning!”

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