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Exercises - Metric
Modernizing European Higher Music Education Through Improvisation

Exercises

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  • Free
  • Large Ensemble

Urban Maeder

Phrases, Improvisation with Urban Maeder

Learn to perceive phrases. Play & Listen: listen to the chain of individual sounds of each player. Focus on speed, dynamics, and form.
  • WarmUps/Games
  • Large Ensemble

Paul Dinneweth

Fingerbeats on fixed pulse

Fingerbeats on fixed pulse.

    METRIC Improvisation Session with Anne La Berge

    On Wednesday 12 October 2022, METRIC organised the first online session about collaborative musical interpretation. The session was delivered by Anne La Berge from the Royal Conservatoire The Hague.
    • Large Ensemble
    • Free

    Magda Mayas

    Thinking Silent Matter

    The excercise focuses on improvisation in a large ensemble context, bringing attention to silence and reduced sound material with slowly changing parameters.
    • Small Ensemble
    • Tonal/Classical

    Karst de Jong

    Cantus Firmus: growing and shrinking melodies

    The ensemble creates one by one a growing melody, then plays backwards until the beginning note returns
    • Large Ensemble
    • Small Ensemble
    • Free

    Liudas Mockūnas

    Frozen Notes (Exercise in 7 parts)

    Deconstructing and constructing the written musical material.
    • Small Ensemble
    • Free

    Anto Pett

    A cycle of five short pieces

    A cycle of five short pieces. Each member of the ensemble will start one piece and suggest an ending for it.
    • Small Ensemble
    • Tonal/Classical

    Karst de Jong

    Cantus Firmus: variations

    Further variations on the growing and shrinking melodies. Canons and solos.
    • WarmUps/Games
    • Large Ensemble

    Paul Dinneweth

    Shifting pattern

    Shifting pattern with 2 layers in different metre.
    • Small Ensemble
    • Free

    Anto Pett

    Forming the ends of improvisations

    To develop the ability to conclude a piece clearly and decisively,
    • Free
    • Small Ensemble

    Karst de Jong

    The Ostinato Game

    Two players improvise on the basis of interlocking ostinatos. The subject of the exercise is rhythmic communication and sharing of a pulse.
    • Solo Instrument Specific
    • Free

    Anne-Liis Poll

    Voice Games

    Exploring vocal techniques for improvisation
    • Large Ensemble
    • Small Ensemble
    • Tonal/Classical

    Yves Senden

    How to improvise with minimal techniques

    Minimal techniques are used both to provide structure and to allow freedom, within a framework.
    • Free
    • Large Ensemble
    • Small Ensemble

    Frank Liebscher

    Different demands of comping and being a soloist

    Exercises for comping and soloing
    • Large Ensemble
    • Small Ensemble
    • Tonal/Classical

    Yves Senden

    How to integrate Messiaen's techniques into an improvisation

    The musicians are informed about Messiaen's use of modes, rhythms and structural aspects. All these elements are trained in a systematical way, after which they can be applied in a final improvisation.
    • WarmUps/Games
    • Small Ensemble
    • Large Ensemble

    Paul Dinneweth

    Unison exercise

    Unison playing by ear on a leader.
    • Small Ensemble
    • Free
    • WarmUps/Games

    Agustí Fernández

    Playing backwards

    The musicians have to sit backwards. They then receive instructions to develop their reaction. Three deepening levels of development then follow.
    • WarmUps/Games
    • Small Ensemble

    Paul Dinneweth

    Matching exercise

    Matching with a leading player.
    • WarmUps/Games
    • Large Ensemble

    Paul Dinneweth

    Body warming up

    Group warming up by stepping arround.
    • WarmUps/Games
    • Large Ensemble
    • Small Ensemble

    Paul Dinneweth

    Unison exercise (variation)

    Unison playing by ear on a leader.
    • Free
    • Large Ensemble
    • Small Ensemble

    Tilo Augsten

    Improvising with accents and articulations

    Exercises for the development of parametric aspects
    • Large Ensemble
    • Free

    Christoph Baumann

    "Cuts" Improvisation with Christoph Baumann

    Cuts are simple cues, which generate unexpected sounds in Groups, enable to learn how to make fast and clear decisions, develop sound-memory and allow also the use of tonal aspects in conducted free music.
    • Tonal/Classical
    • Small Ensemble

    David Dolan

    Series 1 - Classical structure - periodic phrase

    Improvising with Classical structures
    • Tonal/Classical
    • Small Ensemble

    Karst de Jong

    Improvising Canons

    This exercise is for two players, one leader and one follower. The leader improvises a melody, which the follower plays in time exactly one bar later, like a canon.
    • WarmUps/Games
    • Large Ensemble

    Paul Dinneweth

    Shifting pattern (variation)

    Shifting pattern with 2 layers in different metre with mixed groups.
    • Small Ensemble
    • Free

    Agustí Fernández

    Keep the solo going

    This exercise is designed to improve solo playing. The solo can then be shared between the participants.
    • Small Ensemble
    • Tonal/Classical

    David Dolan

    Series 2 - Ensemble improvisations, from baroque style to tonally free

    Improvisations from Baroque style to tonally free
    • Tonal/Classical
    • Small Ensemble

    Karst de Jong

    Variations on the Canon exercise

    This exercise is a variation on exercise 3, with multiple followers. The leader improvises a melody, which the followers play at any time-interval agreed upon, like a canon.
    • Tonal/Classical
    • Small Ensemble

    David Dolan

    Series 1, Ex. 4 - Enhancing active listening in chamber music

    • Small Ensemble
    • Tonal/Classical

    David Dolan

    Series 1, Ex. 3 - Trio tonal improvisations in classical structure

    Trio tonal improvisations in classical structure.
    • Tonal/Classical
    • Solo Instrument Specific

    Bert Mooiman

    Tonal duo improvisation

    Free duo improvisation (violin / piano) in a romantic idiom.
    • Free
    • Small Ensemble
    • WarmUps/Games

    Agustí Fernández

    Patim Patam

    Each player has to play an interval that goes to the same note, one ascending and the other descending.
    • Tonal/Classical
    • Small Ensemble

    David Dolan

    Series 1, Ex. 2 - Classical structure - periodic phrase

    Blind Date: following changing harmonic progressions with melodical instrument.
    • Extra Musical
    • Small Ensemble
    • WarmUps/Games

    Agustí Fernández

    Imitative hands

    With two persons, one has to imitate the movement of the other’s hand
    • Tonal/Classical
    • Small Ensemble

    David Dolan

    Series 3, Part 1 - Feeling at home within a structure

    Applying an improvisational approach to chamber music repertoire performance.
    • Tonal/Classical
    • Solo Instrument Specific

    Bert Mooiman

    Improvising melodies on a chord progression

    Exercise in which improvising a melody on a repetitive tonal chord progression is developed step by step. The exercise needs at least one ‘soloist’ and one ‘accompanist’.
    • Tonal/Classical
    • Small Ensemble

    David Dolan

    Series 3, Part 2 - Connecting further with the structure’s expressive power

    Keeping the original structure tonally-free.
    • Tonal/Classical
    • Small Ensemble

    David Dolan

    Series 1, Ex. 5 - Classical structure - Tonally free

    • Small Ensemble
    • Tonal/Classical

    David Dolan

    Series 2, Ex. 2 - Trio musical mind-reading

    • Small Ensemble
    • Tonal/Classical

    David Dolan

    Series 2 Ex. 3 - Tonally-free, Classical structures: string quartet, voice and piano

    • Tonal/Classical
    • Small Ensemble

    David Dolan

    Series 3, Part 1- Ex. 1.2: Feeling at home within a structure (step 2)

    Applying Improvisational approach to chamber music repertoire performance (step 2).
    • Tonal/Classical
    • Small Ensemble

    David Dolan | Guildhall School of Music & Drama, London

    Series 3; Part 1; Exercise. 3 - Feeling at home within a structure step 3

    Combining full text with reduction.
    • Free
    • Small Ensemble
    • Cross Arts

    David Dolan

    Series 3; Part 2; Exercise. 3 - Injecting freedom and personal voice into structure step 7

    Using speech-intonation based dialogue to further connect with the musical meaning.
    • Free
    • Small Ensemble
    • Cross Arts

    David Dolan

    Series 3; Part 2; Exercise. 2 - Connecting further with the structure’s expressive power step 6

    Using speech-intonation to connect with the musical meaning.
    • Tonal/Classical
    • Small Ensemble

    David Dolan

    Series 3; Part 1; Exercise. 4 - Feeling at home within a structure step 4

    Giving-up eye-contact.
    • Free
    • Small Ensemble
    • Cross Arts

    David Dolan

    Series 3; Part 2; Exercise 4 - Injecting freedom and personal voice into structure step 8

    Vocal duo (singer & 2nd Vn) with the other three string players improvising from the instruments within structure.