How can I listen when improvising and jamming?
If you are going to jam with others or even with a recording or accompaniment, it is very important for you to listen!
- What kind of listening is helpful for jamming and improvising?
- How can I focus my listening to hear the different things happening in the music?
- Watch and interact with the following video on developing your listening skills. Make sure to try out the suggestions!
2. Head over to Incredibox.com and mess around to get a feel for how it works.
3. Try out some of the following activities suggested in the video to help you develop your listening skills:
- Add all of only one kind of part (all beats, all effects, etc.) and leave 2 spots open.
- Go through and “solo” each part (click the headphone icon), then click again to hear the whole mix but isolate the one part you just heard alone.
- How clearly can you hear it?
- bonus: Try singing/humming/beatboxing/etc. to imitate the part you’re listening to. More tips on this later
- Add 2 more voices, whatever you want, so you now have all 7 parts going.
- Gradually replace voices with only one kind of part (all beats, all effects, etc.), different from the part you used in #1.
- Repeat the whole process with each kind of part.
4. Try Jamming: Without worrying what you sound like, try singing, humming, beatboxing, etc. a new part along with whatever you set up in Incredibox
Share What you Learned
If you are using the LRNG platform:
- You do not need to submit anything for this XP
- You should be able to listen to individual parts in a mix and jam along with it
If you are not using the LRNG platform:
- Continue below and share with your teacher or organization:
Sharing What You Learned
- Share an audio or video recording of you singing/humming/beatboxing along with a part from Incredibox and then jamming by performing a new part that you make up on the spot
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