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I know quite a bit about music theory but am no jazz master. I feel like my mind is always pushing for too straight forward melodies and harmonies. It lacks surprising and interesting ornamentaions and harmonic movement. Any one have any rules of thumb they follow for stuff like this? Techniques?
I put this in the Jazz Thread, but really it is worthy of it's own discussion given the weight of the matter argued by Bill Evans. He gives his ideas on topics such the approach to studying music or beyond that, becoming competent in any field. He talks about jazz as an improvisation form being a return to what classical music was doing before it closed off this outlet to the players and became a rote rendering of notes tendered. http://youtu.be/Nsnh21ae6YI