How Jazz Musicians Improvise: The Central Role of Auditory and Motor Patterns

  title={How Jazz Musicians Improvise: The Central Role of Auditory and Motor Patterns},
  author={Martin Norgaard},
  journal={Music Perception: An Interdisciplinary Journal},
  • Martin Norgaard
  • Published 1 February 2014
  • Psychology
  • Music Perception: An Interdisciplinary Journal
It is well known that jazz improvisations include repeated rhythmic and melodic patterns. What is less understood is how those patterns come to be. One theory posits that entire motor patterns are stored in procedural memory and inserted into an ongoing improvisation. An alternative view is that improvisers use procedures based on the rules of tonal jazz to create an improvised output. This output may contain patterns but these patterns are accidental and not stored in procedural memory for… Expand
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