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improvise on something

[for a musician] to create a new piece of music on an existing musical theme. For an encore, the organist improvised on "Mary Had a Little Lamb." She chose to improvise on an old folk theme.
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Specifically, the Kodaly approach helped students build their auditory memory through vocal exercises that in turn was drawn upon to improvise.
I think even from the beginning, what I thought of learning to improvise I thought of jazz musicians, and thought that they must be super good at their scales.
If you think about it, people you know who improvise well (and who may be intimidating because of it) generally have had a lot of experience doing it.
The Easiest Way to Improvise contains 15 chapters, each containing an original song with exercises designed to facilitate eventual ability to play and improvise on the given selection.
One difference I've noted is that singing was an important part of the process of learning to improvise in the 17th century, which is not the case to the same extent today," Nelson said.
At many of these events, advanced students spontaneously improvise solos or duets based on a theme given by audience members.
The role of the person who is learning to improvise is to make up just one simple part, such as an ostinato or a new melody or a variation to the basic rhythm.
As Pendleton talks, sitting on the porch of the barn where Momix rehearses, it's easy to believe he is creating the idea for the dance at that moment, verbally improvising a concept the way some choreographers improvise movement.
You can't improvise without a skeletal structure, you can't just go in and start talking.
Hers will be a hard act to follow, requiring the gifts of vision and leadership, as well as flexibility to meet the future with the grace to improvise as needed.
The ability to improvise interestingly over a tune's chord changes used to be the foundation of jazz in the bebop and post-bebop era.
By making herself improvise once a week, she became a dedicated improv performer.