An improvisation activity
This activity uses the notes
(on Bb instruments, E F# AB
On certain instruments it may be easier to think of them in the order GA DE (Bb
instruments: AB EF#
) Either way, you have two pairs of next door notes with
which to work.
If it is a group activity, let one player start it off. What they play will give
a particular character to the opening of the improvisation. Other players can
join in when they wish, playing whatever this opening suggests to them. It's a
bit like going for a walk in an unfamiliar place - various group members will
draw attention to interesting or unexpected features, as you explore new paths.
Do not play all the time but do listen all the time! Don't talk - all
communication should be through the music. If everyone is listening carefully,
you will all know when you get to the end.
You can use any instrument for this activity but, if you are exploring ideas on
your own, it is most interesting to use an electronic keyboard and to experiment
with different instrumental sounds.
If you are playing alone, decide which of the four notes is going to be the most
important. It is a good idea to start and finish on this note. Experiment with
ways of bringing out the importance of this 'home' note.
Take each note, in turn, as your 'home' note (the proper musical term for this
is 'the tonic').
©Audrey Podmore, 2003
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