Workshop Series -Improvisation with Emily O’Brien

Hello Everyone,
I hope you’re enjoying the beginnings of spring weather!
I’d like to invite you to join me for my next online workshop series, all about various aspects of playing what *isn’t* on the page in front of you. We are often convinced that the talent for improvising is something you have to be born with. But that’s not the case!
”Improvising” actually encompasses a wide variety of skills and styles, and you can most definitely learn and improve at them. And while you’re at it, you also learn more ways of thinking about the music that *is* on the page, too!  
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In this series, we’ll take a systematic look at various aspects of improvising. These skills are often overlooked, but they’re a really important aspect of ornamenting Baroque sonatas, understanding diminution pieces such as those by Van Eyck or in the Division Flute, playing in English Country Dance bands, and understanding pieces with ground basses such as chaconnes or passacaglias. They’re also really helpful in writing your own arrangements or creating your own duets with a friend.


If you joined me for the Theory series, the exercises we’ll go through in this series are a great way to put some of those concepts into practice.

You can enjoy this workshop at any skill level, but you’ll get the most out of it if you have at least an intermediate level of proficiency at some instrument or voice.

Please let me know if you have any questions, or requests for future topics!

I hope to see you in person sometime soon!
Emily O’Brien


Author: 1womanretreat

Kathryn is a freelance writer, musician, and Latin tutor based in the Sierra foothills. She enjoys performing and teaching early music on recorder and flute.

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