In this video I talk about improvising over the melody and give an example how to approach it by improvising over the song ‘You Don’t Know What Love Is’
Welcome to my blog. My name is Thomas Toivonen and I am (among other things) a jazz-guitarist. Or maybe I should say a musician with improvisation as my way of expressing myself.
Since the first day I picked up the guitar (that I got from my father as a christmas gift) I have been improvising. Well, that wasn’t actually the first time I had a guitar, however that was the first day that I actually started playing the guitar. The christmas eve of 1985 I was a happy kid. (To be honest, the guitar became an important outlet growing up in a dysfunctional and sometimes chaotic and violent family.)
Unfortunately my family wasn’t as happy about it. What was music to me was random noise to them. You could say that I was a misunderstood genius from the start. :-P
Over the years I played in numerous bands and styles. From screaming heavy-metal guitar-solos to reggae-bass-lines, improvisation have always been there as an important part. Personaly I can’t image playing music without improvisation being a part of it. I mean, even if you sing a melody pretty straight and you make some small variations you have made an improvisation. When I was playing bass in a reggae-band I was doing that all the time.
My taste for improvisation lead me to jazz and so I went to a music-school in Stockholm. After a couple of years with rules, rules and more f***ing rules I was pretty burned out. Luckily I came in contact with a different approach; the intuitive approach that took me back to a unschooled way of relating to music but with a new-found focus.
This blog is meant to be a place where I can share my experiences and thoughts with you and hopefully you will find it interesting enough to share your views too.
I have actually written an ebook on this: Intuitive jazz-improvisation which I shamelesly aim to advertise. Yes that’s right folk. Now YOU can get this WONDERFUL and LIFE-ALTERING book that will make YOU into a VIRTUOSO. Ok, so I went a bit overboard there, but seriously check it out.
I will also post some youtube-videos where I will share these experiences too.
For now… yours truly