From Sight to Sound
Improvisational Games for Classical Musicians
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|Format:||Paperback, 168 pages|
|Other Information: ||179 illustrations|
|Published In: ||United States, 15 June 2009|
"From Sight to Sound" provides practical and creative techniques for classical improvisation for musicians of all levels and instruments, solo or in ensembles. These exercises build aural and communicative skills, instrumental technique, and musical understanding. When students use their instruments to execute and improvise on theoretical concepts, they make vivid connections between abstract ideas and their own playing. This then allows students to unite performance with music theory, ear-training, historical style and context, chamber music skills, and listening skills. Many of the exercises in this book are designed for players working in pairs or small groups to encourage performers to communicate with one another and build an atmosphere of trust in which creativity and spontaneity may flourish.
Table of Contents
Preface; Acknowledgments1. Improvise? What For?2. Building Listening Skills: Pitch Switch; Intervals; Pitch Chains; Sing and Play; More Sing and Play; Advanced Sing and Play; One Third Plus One Third Equals One Fifth; Getting to the Root of the Problem; Sound Effects; Rhythmic Scales3. Simple Melodic Improvisations: Sugar and Spice and Everything Nice (That's What Melodies Are Made of); Fast-Forward; He Says, She Says; Rhythm in an Alternate Universe; Music Plus One; Mosaic; Keep Away; Fill in the Blank; Non-Tonal Improvisations; Strings Alone; Drone; Snake4. Melody and Harmony: Improvisations for Ensembles: Round-Robin Ostinati; The Whole Is Greater Than the Sum of Its Parts; Means, Motive, and Opportunity; Monkey Hear, Monkey Do; Chorale; Musical Volleyball; Switch and Signal; Dialogue (Melody/Countermelody Echo); Pas de Deux; Pedal to the Metal; Son of Sing and Play; Freeze Frame; Dummy Up; Bartok Had a Little Lamb5. From Sight to Sound: Getting off the Page: Wait Your Ternary; Home Away from Home; You Can't Get There from Here; Circular Reasoning; Name That Tune; Being Diana Ross; Dinner at a Chinese Restaurant; It's So Nice, You Can Do It Twice; Swing Your Partner Round and RoundAppendix A: Music Theory Review; Appendix B: Additional Harmonic Progressions
A practical approach to learning improvisation
About the Author
Nicole M. Brockmann is Assistant Professor of Music at DePauw University. She holds a DMA in viola performance from Yale University and is a past president of the Dalcroze (Eurythmics) Society of American. She lives in Indianapolis, Indiana.
"This book presents the basic argument that to truly understand music one must not only perform what is written on the page, but be able to recreate the musical style and language through improvisation... Brockmann focuses on the missing link in music education at all levels - the connection between a theoretical understanding and practical knowledge of one's instrument." Brenda Brenner, Indiana University Jacobs School of Music
|Publisher: ||Indiana University Press|
|Dimensions: ||27.0 x 21.0 x 1.0 centimeters (0.39 kg)|