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101 Improv Games for Children and Adults by Bob Bedore
101 Improv Games for Children and Adults by Utah Improviser and Quick Wits owner Bob Bedore



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Musical Improv  
  Started at Wed Aug 21 12:38:02 2002
So I am not all that musically inclined, but I would like to do more musical improv because I think it would be a challenge. What are some things that I should remember as I get started? Mind you melody and other musically technical terms are just nonsense to me, but I can follow a tune if someone plays.

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Re: Musical Improv  
  Reply #1 Posted at Thu Aug 22 14:59:42 2002
Have fun...and what ever you do sell it and you will have fun and the audience will love it!


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Re: Musical Improv  
  Reply #2 Posted at Thu Aug 22 23:26:00 2002
When it comes to sharing focus in a non-unison duet, everyone should listen to "The Confrontation" from les miserables


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Re: Musical Improv  
  Reply #3 Posted at Fri Aug 23 15:27:36 2002
jesse, your a father, so you probably know a bunch of children's songs. I understand that melody isn't what your looking for at the moment, but maybe you are, this is just a thought.

the chance of the musician playing something simple is obviusly there, take melody you already know, then insirt your own words.
since people arre listening to the words and not the melody, I will bet they won't even notice that ya just sang "mary had a little lamb".

other easy melodies to think of (and no, I am not a good singer either, but I try this, that way I am focusing on the words/rhyme or whatever, since the melody is already ingrained in me)
...."wild thing", "louie louie", any beatles tune, any childrens tune, pick a few standard blues tunes....ie: well since my baby left me....
your favorite tunes......but the other part that will help this, listen to the music for a few seconds before you jump into a song. maybe that will inspire an easy melody, then the words are all ya are focusing on.

don't know if that helped.....and to those of us that are emerssed in music, find it adding comedy to the song when the melody is off....so its all goodhappy

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Re: Musical Improv  
  Reply #4 Posted at Thu Aug 29 11:19:29 2002
Here's what I try to do when singing songs...

Once I get a topic, I make a list of things you can find within that topic (I'm a great believer the "list" therory of mine). Anyway, then I start matching up rhymes with those words. I usually try to work out lines like this...

First think of how you want to end the four line bit. Then think of the rhyme for that word and figure out a way to make it work in lines one and (ending with) two. Then all you have to do is work it that fourth line.

Actors run into trouble when they just sing the first two lines and then have to come up with a rhyme for the second line in the fourth. Try to always know how your are ending because that's what matters most. That's what will be remembered.

Also, don't worry about the singing side of it. Pick any kind of style that you think you can do well and just sing them in that style. Even if it is a speaking William Shatner type of thing.

Then just go with what the others say and have fun.

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Re: Musical Improv  
  Reply #5 Posted at Wed Sep 4 09:42:48 2002
you know who's good at songs. Not me. Paul is a master at greatest hits. Larry is the bomb when playing life in a musical. Of course Danny the sound tech plays and important role in most musical games.

That's it.

I hope everyone realizes that I am mearly trying to get one of the files to be on fire. You know, over 40 responses and it lights up. Thats what I want. Is it asking too much? I think not.


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  Reply #6 Posted at Thu Sep 5 17:13:40 2002
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...I'm just trying to help make this file FLAMING! tongue

 
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Re: Musical Improv  
  Reply #7 Posted at Fri Sep 6 07:55:38 2002
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Jon, stop with the gay references. What if someone were gay and read this. They might be really offended. Especially if it was your boyfriend! Ha Ha

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Re: Musical Improv  
  Reply #8 Posted at Fri Sep 6 09:44:16 2002
This from his "roommate" wink kiss

Back on topic

I liked the whole splut focus thing I saw down at ComedySportz. Not being a musically inclined person, I think this would be an easy way to sort of "cheat" it. You don't have to focus in on rhyming, just on an emotion or story and then come back to both sing a chorus.

Fun stuff.

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  Reply #9 Posted at Sun Sep 8 17:00:55 2002

On Fri Sep 6 09:44:16 2002, jesster wrote: (read quoted post)
This from his "roommate" wink kiss

Back on topic

I liked the whole splut focus thing I saw down at ComedySportz. Not being a musically inclined person, I think this would be an easy way to sort of "cheat" it. You don't have to focus in on rhyming, just on an emotion or story and then come back to both sing a chorus.

Fun stuff.

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I like the word 'splut'. definition?


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  Reply #10 Posted at Mon Sep 9 10:22:41 2002

On Sun Sep 8 17:00:55 2002, jady wrote: (read quoted post)
I like the word 'splut'. definition?


Past tense of 'split'



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  Reply #11 Posted at Mon Sep 9 16:57:34 2002
Why is JD's writing sooooo big....it is scary!!!!!


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Re: Musical Improv  
  Reply #12 Posted at Tue Sep 10 08:12:11 2002
Back on subject. It's ok to be gay as long as you don't tell anyone. Right?


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  Reply #13 Posted at Tue Sep 10 18:42:18 2002
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Re: Musical Improv  
  Reply #14 Posted at Tue Sep 17 16:48:57 2002
Hey!

Ben wrote an article for us on this very subject

http://www.utahimprov.com/columns/sep02_music1.shtml

He's so cool!


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  Reply #15 Posted at Tue Sep 17 23:17:24 2002
can't wait for the next one!!!


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Re: Musical Improv  
  Reply #16 Posted at Wed Jan 22 14:32:40 2003
If I may insert my opinion. One thing that my first artical neglected to mention is how important it is to keep it all simple. Keep the rhyming simple, keep the melody simple, the title, the rythem, the harmony. It's bad enough that you have all these things bouncing around in your head like what to say? how to rhyme, and what to sing. Simplify.



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Re: Musical Improv  
  Reply #17 Posted at Wed Jun 13 10:19:10 2007
Once again... I wanted to bring up a past thread to the top so that people can look through it... both for the information and for a reminder of when Jon and Andrew ruled UI with their own little personal battles (man I miss those -- very funy stuff usually).

After a long time in Improv I have to admit that I don't find myself really pushed. But musical games is the area where I really get excited to play. There is a bit of a rush in wondering if you can pull it off.

With music you're creating a lot of stuff and all the pieces have to fit together or it doesn't work.

Read Ben's article and you'll get some great stuff. Ben is a musical improv God in my book and any time I can play a music game with him is an honor. He just makes it all look so easy.

Last week we did a Greatest Hits and all three songs were home runs. I left that show on such a high. That's the kind of thing that musical improv does for me.

Work at it and see what it does for you...

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  Reply #18 Posted at Fri Jun 15 21:40:18 2007
If anybody ran a musical improv workshop to get better at greatest hits ect I would love love love that person.

Especially if it was thought out a bit, and not just a get together and practice even though that is good cause practice makes perfect, but I need some serious tippers on this to start feeling confident again on playing those games.


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Re: Musical Improv  
  Reply #19 Posted at Mon Jun 18 10:19:17 2007
Again... Ben has a lot of good things in his article and would make a good teacher on this subject. He and I have talked a lot about what makes good musical improv and he's as sharp as they come.

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Re: Musical Improv  
  Reply #20 Posted at Wed Jul 25 09:46:50 2007
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Derek loves musical improv.

As you were.


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Re: Musical Improv  
  Reply #21 Posted at Fri Jul 27 17:06:17 2007
Calvin loves musical improv! It is indeed a great challenge.

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