Posted by Jacob on April 21, 1999 at 14:12:14:
In Reply to: Learning changes/improv posted by A. Nonymous on April 21, 1999 at 10:35:36:
I would like to share my idea and my belief about jazz. Playing jazz is being creative. I do not believe that anyone needs a book to learn jazz. Playing jazz is simply playing what you feel, playing whats in your heart, mind and soul. It's more or less freedom to explore your instrument through creativity. I've never used a book to learn jazz and I've developed to the point in which I can make my horn talk. The only reason that I've used a book for is to learn the scales.
To learn: 1) Improvise everyday along with your daily practice routine. Do this everyday and eventually your ears and fingers should develop to the point in which notes will become second nature. 2) Confidentially, play what you feel even if it is just a few notes and don't worry about sounding bad (this was my problem at first and this is what caused me to stumble).
Remember, jazz is your time.