20 Things Every Improviser should know

Got this from the Jazz Advice blog

Item #10 of 20: Practicing is about notes and rhythms, improvising is about life

The things you do in the practice room are important for your playing. Everyone tells you to listen and to transcribe and this is definitely the path to getting better. These practice habits will give you technique and knowledge, but you still need to have something personal to say when you improvise. To do this, get out of the practice room and live. Experience everything that you can and then bring this into your playing, communicate this with your audience.

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