Limitation Exercise: Improvising With Only 4 Notes
Imposing limitations on your improvising is an effective way to shield you from the overwhelm of what to practice. Narrowing your note options eliminates deciding “which” notes to play and frees up brain power to spontaneously choose “where” to put them.
In this example I improvise for ~2 minutes limiting myself to the notes G, Bb, C and D (tenor key). The surge of creativity is instant. I no longer have the weight of an entire improvisational buffet on my shoulders.