To get to the meat of the matter of this blog post: I am wondering whether it would be a good idea to add the notion of “agreeability” to our improv vocabulary. The definition of agreeability (for this blog post) is twofold: The extent to which a player is able to find agreement with other … Continue reading How About We Add “Agreeability” to Our Improv Vocabulary?
What makes an improv theatre or performance "professional"? If we go by the definition of the word "professsional" at dictionary.com we would get: Professional: following an occupation as a means of livelihood or for gain. But if you consider yourself or someone you know and admire to be a professional improviser, what do you use … Continue reading TLC as a Measure for Improv Professionalism?
Last month's blog post was about verse/chorus songs. Your typical verse/chorus song has different melodies, on different chord progressions. But it can be both fun and instructive to play with the verse/chorus structure on identical chord progressions. That may sound lame, but it isn't - and actually plenty of modern scripted pop music is built … Continue reading The Pendulum of Simplicity: Verse/Chorus Songs on the Same Chord Progression
The most common song structure - be that improvised or scripted songs - is probably verse/chorus. In this blog post you'll find some musings about improvising verse/chorus songs, both for singers as well as for musical directors
I have written about the importance of exposition in improv before. We want to make sure that both we as players, as well as the audience have a solid idea of who the scene/story is about, what drives the characters, the setting for the scene, etc. Dipping my toes into solo improv recently, it dawned … Continue reading Aha – Exploiting a Particularity in Exposition for Solo Improv
I usually post like once a month, since February 2016. Except for this year. Because of - what else - the pandemic. Initially I thought, going into lockdown: what a great opportunity for all kinds of personal projects - including writing about improv - that always get pushed back because of busy-with-regular-life. Turns out that … Continue reading Why so quiet?