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Improvise for Real (English Edition)

Improvise for Real (English Edition) [Kindle Edition]

David Reed , Amy Nicholson , Mireia Clua Geli

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If you dream of improvising your own solos in concerts and jam sessions, playing songs with friends at parties and even composing your own original music, then what you need is a practice method that shows you exactly how modern harmony works and how to connect with your own musical creativity.

This understanding doesn’t come from memorizing “licks,” phrases and scale patterns. It comes from exploring the world of harmony directly and discovering it for yourself. In other words, what you really need is a creative daily practice that lets you understand music from the "inside out," and truly create your own music.

Improvise for Real will take you into this beautiful world of sounds and show you how music and harmony really work. You will learn to understand any piece of music just by listening to it, and to improvise with confidence over jazz standards, blues songs, pop music or any other style that you would like to play.

The method is open to all instruments and all ability levels. You do not need to know anything at all about music theory to begin, and there is no sight reading required. The exercises are easy to understand and fun to practice. For many people, Improvise for Real is the key that enabled them to finally understand harmony and to really enjoy improvising.

Über den Autor

David Reed believes that all human beings have the natural ability to imagine and create beautiful music. He says that most improvisation methods are only a distraction from your real talent because they teach you to improvise using licks and formulas instead of giving you a true understanding of harmony and the ability to express the sounds you imagine. A musician for more than 30 years, David’s unique perspective on music and creativity is based on his experiences playing and teaching music in Senegal, Guinea-Bissau, Brazil, Argentina, Nicaragua, Spain and the United States. Improvise for Real is now being used by musicians in more than 20 countries. David also provides additional learning materials including jam tracks and lesson videos to support the entire IFR community. You can learn more at


  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 258 Seiten
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  • Verlag: David Reed (2. Oktober 2011)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B005S0F32M
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5.0 von 5 Sternen The first, last and only book on music you ever really need. 28. September 2012
Von Scott Seward - Veröffentlicht auf
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Innate musicality has been "hard-wired" into all humans from birth. Some people claim to be tone deaf, but this is actually quite rare. All humans have the ability to understand music, which is a hearing art, where sounds are used to create moods and feelings and responses in the mind of the listener. Music is not a is based solely in sound, and it can only be truly experienced by hearing and listening. There are only 12 tones or sounds in western music, a maximum of 12 notes, regardless of how complex sounding or advanced the music may be. And nearly all music only uses 7 notes in any single piece of music.

This "IFR" system lays out a brilliant and simple method for teaching you how to recognize notes, and melodies and harmonies, because you will finally understand the depth and meaning of these sounds. With this method, you will come to deeply know what all 12 notes are doing musically and how to recognize and move them around in your mind. This makes the hyper-technical "Modal Theory" much easier to understand, because when you strip away the complex instruction of modal theory it's application is actually fairly straight-forward and simple.

This book takes bits and pieces from different sources, but reorganizes everything into a cohesive whole that is holistic and that makes "musical" sense. Music is an experiential art that is dense with meaning and feeling. A picture is worth a thousand words because pictures contain so much information and detail. We could waste hours using language trying to describe details in a picture, or we could just show the picture and let someone experience it. Similarly, music uses sounds to create experiences and the only way to learn that is by experiencing it and internalizing it.

This method uses a brilliant trick of letting music teach you its own nifty and precious little secrets. There is no way of really capturing that in words. But exercises can be designed and performed that give the student the experience of what music is really saying. It is like finally knowing how to speak a foreign language, because you finally get all the grammar and vocabulary and how they construct meaning. With this method you finally will be able to understand and construct meaning with music, which is the highest form of art in music.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen The Way, The Truth, and The Light 5. März 2013
Von Michael Chapman - Veröffentlicht auf
David could have easily named this book "The Dao / Tao of Music" I am a professional performing and teaching at University level musician, and this is the greatest book on music I have worked with in my 25 years.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Simple and effective 10. September 2012
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This book is the most fun you can have sitting down. The author introduces a series of exercises that methodically improves your ability to improvise. Some of them (like free singing the numbered tones in scales) you can do in your car, if you don't mind the stares. My favorite is improvising along with songs on the radio. Once you can do it with your voice, you can start to do it with your instrument.

Perhaps the most interesting thing (to me) has to do with starting a scale on the 2nd thru 7th notes instead of the first, to produce 6 more scales for every note. These scales were just sitting there waiting to be pointed out, like dark matter (assuming it exists).

I highly recommend this book. You will find, I think, that you already know how to improvise and just need the encouragement this book offers.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Improvise for real 29. März 2012
Von Isaac Fàbregas - Veröffentlicht auf
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I had the opportunity two years ago to study improvisation with David Reed, the author of this book. I have to say that the Improvise for Real method truly opened my mind. I was frustrated with the music classes and methods I had tried because they seemed incomprehensible. I was already composing my own songs but I felt very limited. I didn't feel like a "real" musician because I didn't really understand what I was doing and I had no way to expand it.

But I was surprised by how easy and practical David's method is. It teaches you truly "see" the basic elements of music so that you can understand them. It shows you how to translate the music that you love and feel inside you. You can even learn to recognize every single note of any song you hear, and immediately play it in any key without sheet music (if you want to). David starts with the premise that everything you hear comes from just seven notes, and this gives you hope and motivation to learn to recognize these seven notes in the music all around you.

In other words, the method brings you closer to music rather than farther away (as so many improvisation methods seem to do). The path David shows is in fact a return to a more natural and innocent relationship with music, in which we hear it, understand it and create it without having any need for rules about what notes to play. In this way, it literally teaches you how to play the music you imagine.

The focus of David's method is inward. You learn to clarify your own sensations and recognize the music in your memories, your favorite songs, and also the music that you imagine and create. In fact, this kind of learning lets you explore music by yourself with total freedom. Once you learn how to use the method, you can continue learning on your own for your whole life.

The Improvise for Real method is totally different from the typical approach to learning harmony and I think it should be implemented in every serious music school. I was pleasantly surprised to see that there is now a book with this method. I encourage everyone interested in music to take a look.

Grateful and happy,
Isaac Fàbregas Fernández
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Review from an acoustic guitar player with two years' experience 10. April 2014
Von Terence Coughlin Jr. - Veröffentlicht auf
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David Reed's approach to melody, harmony, tonal center, chords - to appreciating the learning of music in general - is truly freeing. My mom was a high school music teacher and piano teacher, so I have some understanding of theory through osmosis (I didn't much care about music theory at the time, as I was a drummer), but everything David writes in this book about the frustration of memorizing theory/chord diagrams/scale patterns on guitar vs. this book's approach is absolutely on target in my own personal experience. My wife has zero musical background, and even she was able to understand - and replicate - the "magic key" of the major scale on our keyboard (as described in the book) instantly. She was simply amazed.

Our 9 year old son started piano lessons a few months ago, and while he tolerates theory and sheet music, the bulk of his time playing is recreating songs in his head via trial-and-error. I think kids naturally approach learning music in the manner David writes about, before all the strict practice regimen on traditional theory sucks the joy out of it for many of them. When my son heard me showing my wife the major scale, he walked over and played it all over the keyboard on his own. I asked him how he knew what he was doing, and his answer was illustrative - he said he just plays what sounds right in his head. This echoes a major sentiment of the book.

In short, this book was a revelation. By my read, it is not intended to be a direct 1-for-1 replacement of more traditional approaches to musical training - you still need to practice technique at your instrument - but rather it is a supplement, and it has heightened my personal enjoyment of learning and *experiencing* my guitar playing multiple times over.
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