An Improviser’s OS

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“An Improviser’s OS” (2005)
Wayne Krantz

What is this book?

It could be:

“A discipline; a long-term method of mastering the guitar”


‘a discipline’ implies something ritualistic; uncreative

‘long-term’ implies that nothing can be accomplished in the short-term. For something to inspire it needs to give some degree of consistent gratification from the start

‘method’ implies a closed system: dead, sterile

‘mastering’ implies finality. There is no end to the development of a musician with an active imagination

‘the guitar’ glorifies an object. The instrument itself is of passing importance. What we do with it is the thing of meaning

music is a thing of meaning

This book is an improviser’s Operating System

Its basic premise is that pattern playing can ultimately limit the growth of one’s skills as a creative improviser

Since most of us rely heavily on patterns to find notes, alternative means of finding notes must be used to overcome our pattern dependency…

-Musician who plays guitar-






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