A new year is the perfect time to look back at what you’ve accomplished in the practice room and to look forward to what you still wish to achieve as a musician. It’s also a great time to make a fresh start, to realign yourself musically, and to set some new goals. So, Happy New Year!
…now what are you going to do to become a better improviser?
A while back we posted 100 New Years Resolution Ideas for the Improviser. These resolutions are great to choose from for your daily or weekly practice routines, however there are some major points that are truly pivotal in making you a better improviser. If you focus intently on these key elements, you’ll be able to transform yourself musically.
Here are 8 musical resolutions for the new year that will make you a better improviser.
I) Work on Ear Training
The #1 area of your musicianship that will make you a better improviser is your ears. Your success as an improviser depends on your ability to hear and understand the sounds around you: melodies, chord progressions, intervals, time signatures, the other musicians in your band, etc.
All of this goes directly back to your ears.
It’s important to intellectually understand the theory and construction of the music, but to truly play it you must be able to hear it. This means working on ear training.
Here are some articles that you should check out to improve your ears: