01/19/12

Jean-Michel Pilc: True Jazz Improvisation

Video excerpt of pianist discussing playing melodies vs. playing intervals

In this excerpt from Jean-Michel Pilc's True Jazz Improvisation video, available from JazzHeaven, Jean-Michel shares his take on merely playing intervals versus playing actual melodies. He shares the importance of "knowing where you are going" when improvising, and not "looking at your feet, when walking." He also demonstrates how improvising is very similar to speaking a language, and a succession of words, not a succession of intervals. He shows that the key is to play with melodic content, really hear what you are playing, and know ahead of time how your phrase will end.

Questions to ask yourself could be:
What do I mean? What do I hear? Where am I going?

In the rest of the True Jazz Improvisation video, Jean-Michel guides viewers with clarity through surprisingly simple physical & sensual practice routines, which can dramatically change the way you perceive rhythm, melody, your bandmates & yourself.

The video, which includes Peter Cobb on saxophone, was recorded on 4/10/2010 at JazzHeaven Studios in NYC. To check out more instructional jazz videos, go to the JazzHeaven website.

Coming next week: Lee Konitz

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