Gordon Goodwin on Balance and Improvisation

Gordon Goodwin on Balance and Improvisation

The search for balance is everywhere in our lives. The human condition is best expressed when things are in balance. This includes our emotions, our physical condition, our work and home life, the list goes on and on. We seek balance in the small details of our lives as well as in the big picture items.

More Jazz Improvisation Tips from Gordon Goodwin

More Jazz Improvisation Tips from Gordon Goodwin

I was in college when I hit the wall as an improvisor. Up to that point I had gotten along on my instincts and on a fairly good knowledge of harmony. I had been transcribing solos by my favorite jazz artists and had the Charlie Parker Omnibook, Oliver Nelson’s Patterns for Jazz, and Jazz Improvisation for Saxophone by Lennie Niehaus.

Jazz Improvisation Tips from Gordon Goodwin

jazz improvisation tips from Gordon Goodwin

The good news is that improvising is one of the most exhilarating feelings in music.

The bad news is that, for most of us, it takes a fair amount of study to figure out how to do it. Most of us start out by just diving in and fumbling around until we stumble on to something that seems to work.