From studying the processes and templates used in screenwriting, I found a fascinating parallel.
What if a piece of music were a movie story by itself?
This suggested to me perhaps musicians could play roles, as actors do. It helped me imagine a way to teach the ability to improvise, by describing what musicians actually DO when they play together.
After all, when arranging a piece of music, players agree on “rules of thumb” for ways to play out a piece of music. By making a language to describe this process, this allowed improvisation with a specified form behind it, like an outline that didn't exactly specify exact notation.
I know that some musical terms already existed to describe some of these "stages" in music, but I wanted more. I wanted to simplify and make it so only a page of terms needed to be learned to gain the whole picture.
- ...as a way for one person to compose or propose their own arrangement ideas of a particular performance piece for their other band members
- ...as a way for a music teacher to have all of their students play together, that will teach improvisation ability
- ...as a way to include performers of different abilities who don’t have “chops.”
- ...as a way for band or troupe members to discuss how to play a particular song together or perform with others in a musical theater situation
- ...as a way to give form to generalized "jamming" among musicians who do not know each others songs, skill level or style of playing
- ... as a digital composer's game that could have part printouts - (of course, this would take some computer programming skills.)
Maybe you’d like to read about how my own community was inspired by this idea?
They used it as a template to act out a small town Solstice celebration – coming up!