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Mark Woodyatt

Thanks Man! You can’t lose by thinking outside the box a little. Firstly, get the Charlie Parker Omnibook in C and start playing through KoKo. I’ve got many books on scales that are unorthodox, as well as the Carl Flesch and similar scale systems which I was brought up playing as I was trained as a purely classical violinist. The Parker book is very difficult so I played through it very slowly and numbered every note by its interval in relation to the Chord structure of each measure/sub-measure (sometimes there’s more than one chord per measure. The trick for learning how to improvise is to play off of your strengths, while developing gradually with a long term goal to hash out the hard stuff by separating the theory from the playing. All the theory needed is accessible within the established classical systems… It’s simply a matter of finding transcriptions of violinists and other players like Miles Davis, Louie Anderson, even cats Like vocalist Frank Sinatra. If it’s not transcribed on paper, try to do it, or find sheet music and compare the notes. Or learn to play by ear. Bluegrass and Celtic fiddling are a gateway to jazz improvisation, but after a while it all has seemed to mesh together into a universally accessible musical language for me. I’ve been working on improving every day and it’s taking me over 17 years of dedication just to say as much as I’ve said. The playing speaks for itself, and it’s not always perfect, but nothing is. I’m a work in progress, and by seeing one’s self as such, it’s not as hard to accept that each day is an opportunity to improve… Even if it’s one aspect of one element of one single thing, over time the progress is worth the journey. Cheers!