I recommend the Frederic Zigante edition of Brouwer's Etudes Simples. Brouwer was teaching Etude 6 as an exercise in improvisation, changing meter and arpeggios for example, which I didn't know until I got this edition.praneeth.gadam wrote: ↑Tue Dec 05, 2017 1:43 amHow does one go about 'learning to improvise'? Are there any techniques, methods, resources to help out?Wuuthrad wrote: ↑Tue Nov 07, 2017 4:42 amYup. I think classical guitarists should learn to improvise too. And chordally.
Also, in my sometimes humble opinion, I think that the rhythm and phrasing of many modern players I hear is lacking.
History of guitar music includes improvisation; I fail to see where and how this was lost in classical.
I think people should be dancing to the guitar, but many players remind me of a human piano roll...
I have been learning guitar for over an year now, but feel like I simply move on from one peice to the next without knowing what I am retaining.
And it makes sense to me; Brouwer has a real jazz and street sound, to me anyway. Folksy and rhythmic.
Knowing chords and scales is an important part. I started learning chord shapes from my first teacher, who wrote chord names on the score, and I'm still surprised that this isn't done in notation of classical guitar! I learned scales by listening to blues, rock, jazz and metal, and buying guitar grimoire and also making my own shapes on the fretboard that sounded good to me.
Try to play a sound you hear in your head, a melody, a passage. You could copy (which is a lot of classical study anyway) and then change a part.
Take a "simple song" you know, and without reading music, figure it out by ear. Then change it: harmonize it, make a dissonant part, etc. Do an octave jam, change the rhythms, go to town.
What we don't have on classical guitar is sustain, Violin like sustain, which is possible on electric- which I love! You can make the guitar sing and cry, almost sound like a human voice.
Another thing to try: knowing a R or L hand pattern, then coming up with a random L hand or slowing the R hand for example, or varying it- than you may find happy accidents.
But you have to go outside classical, which is nowadays for some reason not about improv! Jazz Rock and Blues for example.
Or playing Renaissance and Baroque music and improvising on the melody for each section. Which is what was intended as I understand it!