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I like to improvise in various styles and often play a free melody over some chord progression. I think I'm getting better at it but I would like to have more structure as right now I'm just fooling around almost randomly. I was wondering if there is something like lead sheets with chord progressions but for classical styles. Trinity college has something like that in their improvisation tests:
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Basically, you have a certain stylistic template - a nocturne, or adagio, or a gigue - and a rhythmic and harmonic skeleton over which you need to improvise. The tests are graded by levels from initial to grade 8.

Are there any books with stuff like that?

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Originally Posted by Qazsedcft
I like to improvise in various styles and often play a free melody over some chord progression. I think I'm getting better at it but I would like to have more structure as right now I'm just fooling around almost randomly. I was wondering if there is something like lead sheets with chord progressions but for classical styles. Trinity college has something like that in their improvisation tests:
https://www.trinitycollege.com/resource/?id=7394

Basically, you have a certain stylistic template - a nocturne, or adagio, or a gigue - and a rhythmic and harmonic skeleton over which you need to improvise. The tests are graded by levels from initial to grade 8.

Are there any books with stuff like that?


Why look for books in English when there is music in Polish (and any other language)? Take fragments of classical music, separate the accompaniment, find chords and bass line, break the melody into separate rhythmic and melodic patterns, shuffle them and learn to transpose within each chord - now you've got a lot of material for improvisation.


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(until now, I wrote on the forum only about jazz improvisation, but the classical style interests me no less )

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@bennevis: Thanks! I was thinking more about a compilation of lead sheets that I could use as material for improvisation but this book might be good too.

@Nahum: That is very interesting. I thought about using existing pieces but I don't know if my theory is up to par and the result will never be as good as the original, which is a bit discouraging.


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