It ain’t the rules; it ain’t the theory

… it’s the music. It’s all about the sounds. And finding ways to combine them.

Here’s a new short essay that I think says it nicely, from a jazz improvising point of view:


If people want to learn to draw, they generally start by picking up a pencil & drawing something? It’s unlikley to be a masterpiece, but it’s a start from which to develop.

Maybe learning to improvise by starting at the theory end is a bit like learning to draw starting with a copy of Euclid’s Elements and a study of geometry?