2013-11-10

Trance Improv #1: Midnight Snack

I'm starting a new series of videos on my YouTube channel.

For a long time now, I've been inspired by another YouTube artist who goes by the account name "shatnershairpiece." He has a knack for improvising, and he is really good at doing all kinds of interesting things over a vamp. Many of his improvisations are over the ten-minute mark, and quite a large number of them are over half an hour long. Some are even longer than an hour. It's quite impressive, and incredibly inspiring.

I've now started my own series, which I call Trance Improv, named basically for what it is: improvising for extended periods of time and getting lost in the music. This first one, which I've called "Midnight Snack," gets off to a rough start, but eventually I find my groove. Hopefully the next ones will be much better.


On a personal note, I am essentially using this series to practice improvising, to search out new ways of expressing myself, to get lost in melody, and to play in the moment. It's as much about learning as it is about performing. Perhaps it is more about learning than performing.

I know this kind of music isn't for everyone, so take it for what it is. If you don't like it, don't listen to it. This is the kind of thing that only some people will want to experience. If you're more interested in concise compositions, brief samples, snippets, or ultra-precise shredding where nobody ever plays a bad note, this is probably not for you. For all others, charge forward!