Hello again, all. I told you in the very first week that rhyming is one of the least integral elements to being able to improvise a successful song, and I stick by that. That doesn’t mean that it should be ignored completely – but you should focus on building a solid foundation as a musical… Continue reading Rhyming Exercises
Hi there! I’m going to take a break from all of the theory I’ve been throwing at you and introduce a short form game that is a great opener and can also be used as a closer. I like it a lot better than Da-Doo-Ron-Ron for family friendly shows (though I still prefer Blues jam… Continue reading Conducted Song
Today’s post is going to be about a particular song form known as “AABA”. I’ll get into the specifics of it in a moment, but the reason I want to discuss this form is that nine times out of ten, if you’re improvising a song, your MD will be using this song form and if… Continue reading AABA Song Form
This is going to be a pretty short post compared to my first two offerings, but I think it will be incredibly helpful. In my last post, I talked a lot about emotional commitment, and this post is kinda sorta an extension of that. What I’d like to talk about today is how you can… Continue reading Song Styles and Point of View
Remember how in my last post I told you that there were two ways to get over being uncomfortable with your singing voice? I lied. There’s a third, but I saved it especially for today because it’s going to take up a whole blog post all on it’s own. The third thing you can do… Continue reading Emotional Commitment
I am starting this blog in the hopes that it will be a resource for improvisers who wish to learn more about the skills involved in doing successful musical improvisation. This first post will not contain any sort of “how to” information, as the first thing I feel I need to address are the demons… Continue reading The Exorcist
Welcome to my blog! My name is Mark and I have been a Musical Director for The Second City on and off for the past 25 years. The goal of this blog is to assist improvisers in becoming better musical improv performers. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoy writing it,… Continue reading Welcome!