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Improvisation can be used as an effective tool for broadening your musicianship. In Improv Duets for Classical Musicians Jeffrey Agrell aims to provide a quick, fun, and easy method for classical players who want to improve their aural skills and technique. Using a variety of engaging games that address everything from warming up to playing patterns and scales, Improv Duets for Classical Musicians offers a playful and inspirational approach to liberating your creative process and personal expressivity. This delightful and valuable book of improv duets is for all musicians at any level of skill or experience.
Jeffrey Agrell is one of the most important advocates for improvisation in the classical music world today. His greatest gift is his ability to create games and exercises that make learning improvisation fun not scary. The approach is engaging, insightful and humorous. Players of any instrument will love these fun and imaginative improvisation duets.
University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point
Jeffrey Agrell has been, for many years, one of the most inspiring and enthusiastic advocates for the art of improvisation. His new Improv Duets book is a must have for all musicians. The possibilities here are endless and offer opportunities for musicians of all levels to explore the rewarding world of improvisation. Performers will delight in becoming active participants in the creative process. I highly recommend this wonderful book.
Professor of horn and composition, University of Florida
I am a huge fan of Jeffrey Agrell’s Improvisation Games.I have now used it for two years in studio projects, inviting my students (albeit sometimes grudgingly) to take steps to free up themselves and their playing. Put simply, it works, in inches for some, in miles for others.
The Horn Call, October 2013, Vol. XLIV:1