TC214: The 5 Myths of Improvisation with Bradley Sowash

Episode 214 - 5 Myths of Improvisation with Bradley Sowash

Episode 214 - 5 Improvisation Myths with Bradley Sowash

This episode on improvisation myths features guest Bradley Sowash. It originally aired in 2017.

If called on to improvise on the spot, do you feel out of your element? Learn about the five most common myths and roadblocks that hold musicians back from creative playing and improvising.

Bradley helps us sort out the incorrect assumptions and to understand how to play like a personalizing artist, which is simply bringing your own notes to other people’s music.

While we’re at it, we’re throwing in some quick and easy accompaniment patterns you can use to teach creativity right away.

Transcript of the show about improvisation myths

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In this episode, you’ll learn about the 5 myths of improvising effortlessly on piano:

  • [04:52] Bradley defines improvisation.
  • [10:22] 1st myth.
  • [13:56] 2nd myth.
  • [17:09] 3rd myth.
  • [20:19] 4th myth.
  • [27:07] 5th myth.
  • [31:01] Improvisation styles using left hand patterns.

About our Guest

Episode 214 - 5 Improvisation Myths with Bradley Sowash

Bradley Sowash is a jazz pianist, composer, and educator specializing in improvisation. After many years as a touring performer and recording artist, he turned his attention to introducing “recovering classical pianists” to the joys of musical creativity in online jazz piano classes, at teacher conferences, and through his widely-acclaimed publications. Find him at

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