Deprecated: mysql_connect(): The mysql extension is deprecated and will be removed in the future: use mysqli or PDO instead in /home/a26f9f83/public_html/articles/includes/config.php on line 159
Why Learning How to Improvise is So Important > NetSparsh - Viral Content you Love & Share

Why Learning How to Improvise is So Important

Imagine asking a beginning writer to write a short story from scratch. Our writer does not yet have much experience in writing but accepts the challenge and begins to plunge ahead.

He has to start somewhere so he begins to examine how to construct a short story. He learns all about plot, character, and structure and now believes he is ready to begin writing.

As soon as he begins to write, he discovers something. He can't move forward. He is blocked. What's the problem? He knows how to construct a short story and should be able to forge ahead right? The problem is he has not allowed his "voice" to unfold naturally. His internal critic is blocking the natural voice inside his head and the pen stops cold. What to do?

Our writer must learn to freewrite so words can flow freely and not be stopped by the editor voice. The same principles can be applied to us as musicians!

We may want to compose our own music and we may also know all about how to do it, but unless we are able to improvise freely and allow our own natural "voice" free reign, the music stops and we lose the ability to move forward.

This is why learning how to improvise is so important. It allows us to move forward! This benefits us in two ways. One, we begin to understand that the joy of music making itself is its own reward. Second, we begin to trust our voice and feel confident in our ability to move forward without judging the "quality" of the music.

Edward Weiss is a pianist/composer and webmaster of Quiescence Music's online piano lessons. He has been helping students learn how to play piano in the New Age style for over 14 years and works with students in private, in groups, and now over the internet. Stop by now at s.html for a FREE piano lesson!

In The News:

This RSS feed URL is deprecated, please update. New URLs can be found in the footers at


Disturb This Groove: What Is The Legacy Of Soul Music? - NPR
Recent questions about R&B, covers, karaoke and cultural appropriation that were ignited by an offhand comment about Bruno Mars made by Meshell Ndegeocello get a workout in the bassist's new album.

and more »


This MIDI-powered robotic music box is the good news I needed this week
It's been a bit of a tumultuous week, to put it lightly, but one must always remember that no matter how dire things look on the global stage, there are always makers working obsessively to create something beautiful and useless — like this MIDI ...

The Outline

Nobody wants to listen to Spotify's “self-driving music”
The Outline
During a March 15 presentation meant to publicize its April 3 trading date, Spotify executives told investors about the company's goal of creating “self-driving music,” a nonsense term that basically means that the streaming giant wants to automate the ...
Spotify Saved Music. Can It Save Itself?Bloomberg
Spotify reveals that 2 million users are listening to ad-free music without paying9to5Mac
The way you listen to music is in jeopardy. Here's how Pandora plans to surviveDigital Trends
Brooklyn Vegan (blog)
all 103 news articles »


Ravyn Lenae's Music Honors The Merry-Go-Round Of Love
At 19, R&B singer Ravyn Lenae knows how to channel her heartache. The Chicago-born artist's latest EP, Crush, proves that young people know love's perils just as well as the older and wiser. Her music recreates the merry-go-round of falling in love ...

and more »

Miami New Times

Ultra Music Festival 2018, Day One: Fischerspooner, Virtual Self, and Others
Miami New Times
Unlike the last few editions, the dance music gods gave Ultra Music Festival a break this year and blessed the festival with clear skies and cool weather. And despite all the commotion about extra security, things seemed to go smoothly on the first day ...
Ultra brings celebration of electronic dance music to Miami | Miami ...Miami Herald
Traffic detours to know about for the Ultra Music Festival in MiamiCurbed Miami
EDM fans descend for Ultra Music Fest, Miami Music Week, Winter Music ConferenceWPLG Local 10
NBC 6 South Florida -Resident Advisor
all 100 news articles »

The Star Online

Physical music sales profits outpace digital downloads for first time since 2011
The Star Online
WASHINGTON: Music sales soared anew last year in the United States backed by the rise of streaming, bringing revenue to a level last seen a decade ago, the industry said Thursday. The Recording Industry Association of America said that revenue grew a ...


17-year-old killed in Austin bombing admitted to Oberlin music school
Draylen Mason, a 17-year-old bass player killed in the Austin, Texas, bombings, was admitted to the competitive Oberlin Conservatory of Music on Friday. The Ohio school's directory of conservatory admissions Mike Manderen confirmed Mason would have ...

and more »

Page Six

Alan Cumming's club suspends live music
Page Six
“Due to an administrative oversight on our part, Club Cumming must suspend all live music and DJ's pending a decision by the State Liquor Authority,” the actor wrote on Instagram on Friday night. “We are confident this issue will be worked out soon ...

and more »

New York Times

Olly Wilson, 80, Dies; Composer Meshed African and Western Music
New York Times
Olly Wilson, an adventurous composer who integrated African, African-American and electronic rhythms, riffs and sounds into Western classical music conventions, died on March 12 in Oakland, Calif. He was 80. His daughter, Dawn Wilson, said the cause ...

Minneapolis Star Tribune

Online classes are beautiful music for rural Minnesota students
Minneapolis Star Tribune
In rural Minnesota schools, it's not uncommon to have one music teacher instructing hundreds of students. To help ease the pressure on those teachers, the MacPhail Center for Music in Minneapolis created a partnership program that allows districts to ...

and more »
Google News

3 Secrets To Understanding What Makes Music Tick

It's no secret that virtually everyone loves music in some... Read More

Soul Band for a Party

Was the request six months ago, a sixtieth birthday party,... Read More

How to Buy an Electric Guitar Online

With the increased proliferation of online guitar and musical equipment... Read More

Choosing a Jazz Band for Your Party

In many years of arranging jazz bands for all sorts... Read More

Do you really need college to learn to play music?

Music courses are a great way to learn about virtually... Read More

To Record or Not To Record - At Home, That Is

I will be honest. I am addicted to music recording.... Read More

Beginner Guitar Lessons - Learn Guitar without Ever Leaving Your Home!

So, you think you'd like to learn to play guitar,... Read More

10 Music Download Legal Points

Everybody's doing it: downloading music and sharing files. People who... Read More

Learn to Read Music Online

If you or anyone you know wants to learn to... Read More

Playing The Piano Using Chord Symbols Instead of Being Tied To The Written Sheet Music

Piano improvising and arranging is an art but definitely not... Read More

The Case Against Traditional Piano Lessons

How would you like to spend 4 years in a... Read More

Jealous Again - Jealousy Among Musicians

Jealousy ? do you feel it? Do you sense it... Read More

Beginner Guitar Tips: How to Get a Feel

"I don't like to go into the studio with all... Read More

The Record Industry Continues Battle Against Free Music Downloads

Movie and record producers alike are saying file-sharing networks that... Read More

Silent Discos!

The press have reported this week that silent disco's are... Read More

A Brief History of Fender Guitars

Perhaps no other guitar maker has touched the hearts of... Read More

Top Rap Song

After months of email and posts, we've finally compiled and... Read More

12 Reasons You Should Learn to Play the Piano

All right, folks, here you go: My 12 reasons why... Read More

Flaming Guitars! Minarik Fuels The Excitement of a New Generation of Musicians

From the Telecaster to the Flying V to the Iceman... Read More

The Revolution of Electric Guitars

Sometime during the 1930's electric guitars were introduced onto the... Read More

Creating Stark Atmospheres

One of the things New Age pianist George Winston is... Read More

The Strange Days (mostly nights) of Guns N? Roses

Kenny "Axil" Rose (Lead vocals), D.J. "Slash (Lead guitar), Joshua... Read More

Right-Hand Techniques for New Age Piano

Recently, I had a student ask me to offer some... Read More

Health and Beauty Tips for Your Brass: Keep It Shiny!

Did you know that the health and beauty of your... Read More

The Revolution has begun - and it will not be Televised The new Artist Development Paradigm

In reflecting on the world of the Music Business in... Read More