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Im just trying to share my own way I look at music, with others.

Musicians, non-musicians, whoever is interested. And try to show a few basic things that I think are kind of true for everybody.

One of which is that an individuals taste and his own judgment, what he likes, and what he doesnt like, is his own God-given right, you could say.

Everyone has the right to like what they like, not like what they dont like, listen to the kind of music they want to, not listen to the kind of music they dont like. Say what you like, say what you dont like.

Theres a kind of a code about that. A human right, a spiritual right.

And I want to encourage that in people. I want people, and musicians, to realize their own judgment and have them think for themselves about how they see art, especially. And trying to portray that and say that in various ways.

Share things I do, or just my opinion.

So improvisation is a big interest, with a lot of musicians. So I have my own ideas about what it is, and I know there are an infinite number of other ideas, so Im just throwing my own idea into the pot here. AboutWhat is improvisation?’

We did 5 shorts on that, so have a look.” – Chick


Chick Corea: So this is the beginning. First one. Here we go. So were going to cover improvisation and Bills going towere going to talk a little bit. We want to define it first.

Bill Rooney: Start at the beginning.

CC: I though that was a good idea, because when people ask memusicians ask me, they say, “Well, how about improvising? How do you improvise? Whats it all about? What do you do? What do you think about?” All these various questions. I think to myself, well you know, Ive never seen a satisfactory definition of improvisation. So, I want to try to give you what mywhat I think of when I think of improvisation, which is something natural. Something natural you do.

Improvising is living. Like, what Im doing now is improvising. I have a thought in my head and Im trying to get it out using the cumbersome medium of the english language. Its really difficult. I mean I could go like this – [ plays a phrase ]. See that?

I dont have to then try to say in words what that was because that was improvisation. But to try and define it in words, its the natural thing you do that you already decided that youre going to do something and youre going to make a movement. So with improvisation, the decision thatthere are decisions that have to be made. What kind of freedoms and what kind of rules.

Theres freedoms, then theres rules that you make. And thats how you come about deciding how much improvisation theres going to be. Like, you determine a pattern. Lets use the termpattern.” So lets take, for an example, a pattern. I thought it would be good to start demonstrating right away, rather than trying to put a verbal definition.

So, you take a pattern, how much freedom or how much rules and decisions you want in it. Lets take an example. I thought wed useArmandos Rhumba.” Some people knowArmandos Rhumba”.

This tune here – [ playsArmandos Rhumba”]

Okay heres the first phrase ofArmandos Rhumba.” Its written right here. If you can read music its starting right atA.”

So, thats the first phrase. If Im going to play it exactly Im going to play that exactly. [ PlaysArmandos Rhumba” ]

Not much improvisation cause I already decided. So let me play the same phrase and keep everything pretty much the same but let me change the melody a little bit. I could do something like – [ playsArmandos Rhumba” ]

That was a lot of change, I mean comparatively. Or I could do – [ playsArmandos Rhumba”]

Or I could do even closer. I could change the tempo. [ PlaysArmandos Rhumba” ]

Its endless. So with that kind of thing you have the pattern and you decide how closely you want to stick to the pattern and the improvisation part comes as what freedom you give.

For instance, what if I say to myself, I decideits all decisions. What if I decide Im going to play something before I start the melody? Im going to improvise something and then play the melody. So Im going to go add it, its free, I can play what I want. [ Plays tune andArmandos Rhumba” ]

There you go. Like, play something even stranger: [ Plays tune andArmandos Rhumba” ]

See there. There would be an infinite number of ways to take a theme. So thats one basic way to describe improvisation. Its what you decide will be there as a pattern and what you decide youll be free about interpretive. Improvisation.

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