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Improvisation: Breathing

by Ivan Zecic

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  • Have you ever felt like you were stuck in a rut while improvising? Let me introduce you to improvisation concepts which will open your eyes, so you'll never ever have to repeat the same thing twice in your playing!

    In this lesson we are going to work on "breathing". This concept could be simply explained as making pauses between phrases. When we talk, we make small pauses between sentences, words, etc. It sounds completely natural to us, so we can use it in music as well.

    Instead of noodling around all the time, remember to stop playing every once in a while. It will definitely create a good effect!

    You can make small pauses (1-2 beats) between phrases, or big ones (a couple of bars). You can also play a single note and then leave a lot of space after. It will bring back the listener's attention after a couple of bars of playing without any pauses. That's a cool trick you can always use!

    Keep in mind that what you play is as important as what you don't play!

    I am sure you'll learn this concept in no time!

    Have fun!

    Ivan

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