Imagine that you’ve just stepped off a plane in a foreign country…
You grab your suitcase and step onto the soil for the first time and suddenly you’re filled with a sense of excitement and anticipation.
What new sights, new sounds, unusual food, and interesting people await you in this strange new place?
Your mind races with possibilities and you can barely wait to get out there and start exploring.
But after a few days you begin to notice something odd…
At each stop on your journey everyday conversation seems to elude you.
The sound of laughter fills the air from jokes that you don’t understand, menus at restaurants don’t make any sense, and each interaction with the locals becomes a confusing struggle.
Desperately you hold on to the few phrases you’ve hastily learned from your guidebook, but at the end of the day you finally have to admit it – without speaking the language, you’re all alone in a bubble.
You can’t connect with other people, you’re isolated, and you’re frustrated.
Frustrated and confused…
This is exactly how most musicians feel the moment they try to improvise a solo.
They get put on the spot by their teachers, they find themselves with a solo in big band, and they wander into a jam sessions.
Just like stranded tourists they feel lost, unable to speak the language, and frustrated that they can’t communicate their ideas with the outside world.
You’ve probably felt this way yourself trying to navigate … Read More