The Pendulum of Simplicity: Verse/Chorus Songs on the Same Chord Progression

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

Songs vs Opera – Titles for Improvised Songs

What makes an improvised song a really good one? There are several possible criteria, and which you use or not is a personal preference: improvised singing is art, not science. In this article we’ll discuss a criterion that is perhaps underestimated: the title. Songs vs Opera In workshops, mostly with inexperienced improvisers/singers, it is not … Continue reading Songs vs Opera – Titles for Improvised Songs

P-Triple-M: A Musical Improv Format

At VIF2019 in Boston earlier this month I did a workshop on Musical Long Form, followed by 2 performances by the workshop group. We created a fun format that I’d like to share this month. The format is named “Post-Modern Musical Montage” - of if you want to sound hip/cool/exotic, feel free to call it … Continue reading P-Triple-M: A Musical Improv Format

13 Things – a (Musical) Long Form Improv Format

I thought that this month, I'd describe the RIOT signature format; it is called "Thirteen Things".   RIOT only does musical long-form so we add a lot of singing, but the format can equally be performed without singing.  I'll describe the overall format first and then describe how we use song within the format. General Format … Continue reading 13 Things – a (Musical) Long Form Improv Format