It’s a word that’s thrown around in all professions and all parts of life. From sports and academics to art and music.
And nowhere is it more prevalent than in jazz improvisation.
We listen to the musical masters of the past century, we look at our teachers, the musicians at jam sessions and the young improvisers in school that show promise.
…and we imagine that these players were born with innate musical gifts.
That they can simply pick up their instruments and start playing beautiful music in any key, at any tempo, and at any time of the day…all because they have this thing called talent.
But is talent real?
Is it the missing link between an average musician and a master musician? The elusive piece of the puzzle that you need to gain exceptional musicianship…
Or is it a word that hints at a much deeper process?
For many people, the process of improvisation is hard to define and talent is often the easiest explanation. But what you might not realize is that chalking everything up to talent can actually hold you back in the long run.
Let me explain…
The Musical Truth Hidden in Plain Sight
It’s easy to use a term like talent.
Or to say that a musician is a natural, or gifted, or even a prodigy.
However, when you attribute musical skills or musicianship to talent you start to believe that improvisation arises from natural ability – that great improvisers are born instead … Read More