Free Improvisation #62

Sovran Nature

These more up-tempo improvisations are a little more difficult than the pretty, mellow improv. There is a greater sense of abandon that has to happen in my mind to play faster tempi. I literally must think less to play faster.

And the end result is that, yes, there are more “errors”… uncentered notes, rhythmic fluctuations, and sometimes just an overall chaotic sound.

In this free improvisation, I feel like things were flowing and the quality of what I’m playing is higher than it’s been in a while. At least for the faster stuff.

Three Per Day

Because of my work day/work week structure, I have begun recording two or three improvisations in one session. This presents a very different challenge because I don’t want the improvisations to sound the same. Since I don’t “control” what comes out (otherwise it wouldn’t be free, right), it is a mental challenge to think thoughts that lead to different sounds via a more indirect path.

Sovran Nature is the first of the three from this session. The other two will be posted on subsequent Mondays.

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