Ontimpr12. Positive Evaluations of Good Improvisations
What makes improvisations good
One can specify what jazz educators and musicians consider positive aspects of an effective jazz solo during an improvisation.
An effective improvisation occurs when a performer:
- 1. Demonstrates a knowledge of musical theory.
- 2. Uses melodic motifs and/or sequences.
- 3. Plays with appropriate time feel and/or rhythm.
- 4. Plays with good technical facility.
- 5. Develops the solo in a logical manner.
- 6. Plays with emotional expression.
- 7. Plays with appropriate style.
- 8. Shows imagination and creativity.
- 9. Effectively uses chromatic approach tones.
- 10. Has effective interaction and dialog with musical partners.
To fail at any of the above factors is to make one’s performance open to the criticism that one has made mistakes.
Important factors for assessing the quality of an improvisation:
- 1. Personal/individual voice (auditory tonal style).
- 2. Individual expression (can express musical ideas that reveal emotions or show a 'spirituality,' etc.).
- 3. Clarity of musical thought and purpose.
- 4. Aesthetic relationships related to the following: consistent with, aberrant from, poorly executed, masterfully performed, extended and insightful musical addition, etc. to the original.