What is improvisation?

Improvisation is making up your own story in music.

Improvisation is not a special or unique gift... every person improvises, every day. Improvisation is doing something that you know well, telling a familiar story, and telling it a little bit differently to the last time you told it.

So, to improvise, or tell stories, in an interesting way you need a repertoire. Then you will juggle the basic ingredients of the story...

Rhythm
Melody
Harmony

Juggling all this information at once can seem quite a feat. And it is!

The way to master it is to approach the task in small, manageable chunks, based on a repertoire.