Improvisation in Music: Definition, Rules & Techniques


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What is musical improvisation?

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1. Which of these is one of the two rules of improvisation?

2. Which of these is one of the two rules of improvisation?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This worksheet and quiz combo is interactive a printable. It will help you assess your familiarity with various aspects of musical improvisation.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments, you'll be tested on the following:

  • The importance of recognizing the genre or style of music you're playing
  • A broad definition of musical improvisation
  • Two basic rules of any improvisation
  • The scale most commonly used for jazz and blues

Skills Practiced

This quiz and worksheet allow students to practice the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on improvisation in music
  • Making connections - use understanding of the concept of improvisation's two rules
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding the mode often used in jazz and blues improvisation and interpret it correctly
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the importance of knowing in which genre or style the music you're improvising falls

Additional Learning

To learn more about musical improvisation, review the accompanying lesson entitled, Improvisation in Music: Definition, Rules & Techniques. The lesson focuses on the following objectives:

  • Comment on the aural benefit of rules in music
  • Explain the two factors that are involved with 'keeping it simple'
  • Discuss the importance of recognizing the context in which you're improvising