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Improvise Quotes

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In the long history of humankind (and animal-kind, too)
those who learned to collaborate and
improvise most effectively have prevailed.
- Charles Darwin

Related topics: Life Human-Nature Psychology Evolution Teamwork Collaboration

That makes classical music work, the ability to improvise.
- Itzhak Perlman

With Altman, he does discuss everything with you,
but then leaves you to it and gives you full rein and
lets you improvise and create a character while the camera is rolling.
- Vincent D'Onofrio

More of me comes out when I improvise.
- Edward Hopper

 

We always feel pretty creative as far as writing songs.
We write them together; we just get in a room,
or on occasion in Flea's garage.
We just sort of improvise, like jazz musicians.
- Chad Smith

And by the way, everything in life is writable about
if you have the outgoing guts to do it,
and the imagination to improvise.
The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt.
- Sylvia Plath

So, for instance, if you came to me,
I'd ask,'Do you want to write? Do you want to improvise?
Why do you want to play this instrument? What do you want to do?'
- Ornette Coleman

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I keep a guitar around while writing and will improvise music.
I do this for several reasons, such as that it's fun,
and sometimes it helps me with the meter.
- Jack Prelutsky

When we first started playing we did a lot of rehearsing.
We used to write out everything.
In fact, that's the way everybody rehearses:
we play the tunes and improvise.
- Charlie Haden

Spielberg knows his craft so well, he can also improvise,
and that is a lot of fun.
- Max von Sydow

A jazz musician can improvise based on his knowledge of music.
He understands how things go together.
For a chef, once you have that basis,
that's when cuisine is truly exciting.
- Charlie Trotter

No, improvising is wonderful.
But, the thing is that you cannot improvise unless
you know exactly what you're doing.
- Christopher Walken

You have to grab moments when they happen.
I like to improvise and ad lib.
- Denzel Washington

We play melodic music, we play songs,
we play all kinds of things and when you improvise
you don't just shut out different languages,
you use all the languages that you have.
- Fred Frith

Learning how to improvise really awakened my interest in music.
- Carter Burwell

You don't improvise with a Cameron Crowe script.
- Orlando Bloom

Life is a lot like jazz...
it's best when you improvise.
- George Gershwin

My voice is my improvisational instrument,
the melody instrument.
The guitar is harmonic structure.
I'm not a good enough guitarist to improvise on it.
- Paul Simon

I don't write any of my material down.
I like to improvise and be spontaneous.
- Dane Cook

But I also think that the more you reason collectively
about what the project should be at the beginning of the process,
the more you can improvise later.
- Walter Salles

There are times when the writers ask us to improvise.
Sometimes the animators are inspired by what you do,
and sometimes you are inspired by what the animators do.
- Dan Castellaneta

Many people do think it's naive to improvise in front of paying customers.
I'm not saying one way is better than another.
- Lee Konitz

I like doing them and they're ridiculous and the actors can improvise a lot,
and they don't have to be really realistic characters
that hit a very specific tone as in a feature film.
They're really fun, I want to make more of them definitely.
- Jim Jarmusch

The big difference is the size of the crew and the
flexibility of shooting because of the size.
I mean, it's crazy.
So you can't improvise, you cannot suddenly do something that comes to mind,
whereas in a small production you have much more flexibility.
- Bille August

Usually I like to improvise.
Sometimes, depending on the nature of the piece,
I like to improvise because I think it brings certain
freshness and a reality to it,
as long as it doesn't go too far out of the box.
- Robert Redford

I also think if you're an actor and you can improvise,
when you go on an audition and you can improvise you're just a genius.
If you can, you know, take a Tide commercial and you
can just say one funny line that's not in the commercial
they think you're a genius.
- Amy Poehler

In discussing the process with the actors,
I made it clear to them that they could improvise but
that the sum total of their improvisation needed to
impart certain plot points,
and schematic material.
- Mike Figgis

Liquid architecture.
It's like jazz - you improvise, you work together,
you play off each other, you make something,
they make something.
And I think it's a way of - for me, it's a way of trying to understand the city,
and what might happen in the city.
- Frank Gehry

But I really like hosting, I think it's a strength of mine.
It allows me to improvise, and I love the spontaneity of that,
and I think I'm funny behind the desk when interviewing someone.
- Garry Shandling

A master of improvised speech and improvised policies.
- A. J. P. Taylor

Most of the time I'm thinking, I'm glad that scene was improvised.
- Larry David

Nothing can ever happen twice.
In consequence, the sorry fact is that we arrive here
improvised and leave without the chance to practice.
- Wislawa Szymborska

I just try to do as good job with the material as I
can and play some jazz as well,
some improvised music, and do that every night.
Just see where it goes.
- Mose Allison

A new civilization was not to be improvised by a single mind.
- John Lothrop Motley

I've never done an improvised movie as a fictitious character.
I think that's the challenge.
- Martin Short

A so-called happy marriage corresponds to love as a
correct poem to an improvised song.
- Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

Touring with King Crimson wasn't a lot of fun for me.
I had a lot of equipment, and when I was in improvised
music I'd set it up myself,
play the gig, and put it all away again.
- Jamie Muir

Actors need bricks to play with, and in fact we rejected
all the improvised fragments we had made without a plan.
Improvisation without a plan is like tennis without tennis balls.
- Lars von Trier

There's an awful lot of resources that can be drawn
upon in an improvised music concert.
- Fred Frith

Do you remember a scene with Ryan and Ali playing in the snow? Well,
that was improvised.
- Arthur Hiller

Improvised music involves a lot of intuition and I
like developing intuition.
- Fred Frith

In the World War nothing was more dreadful to witness
than a chain of men starting with a battalion commander
and ending with an army commander sitting in telephone boxes,
improvised or actual, talking, talking,
talking, in place of leading, leading,
leading.
- J. F. C. Fuller

When I think back now to the recording sessions,
there is more improvisation than one hears.
It's an ideal combination of arrangements and improvisation.
Only a few people are able to listen and say what is
composed and what is improvised.
It's a unit.
- Eberhard Weber

The magic of playing has to do with how much everyone wants it to succeed.
If you have five players in a situation where the music
is being improvised and one is determined it is not going to succeed,
it won't succeed even if one of the musicians takes control.
- Bill Dixon

Personally, I've found one of the more stimulating
ways of playing in recent times has been to kind of
move outside the free improvised area and work with
people who are probably improvisers but they have a
particular way of working.
- Derek Bailey

You have to know composition to be a good improviser.
- Roscoe Mitchell

As an improviser I'm now pretty comfortable with trios,
so I'm thinking of working up to quartets.
- Fred Frith

The day of the great jazz improviser who doesn't know
how to read music is over.
- Maynard Ferguson

I was improvising before I was reading music.
I was just trying to play things on the clarinet by ear.
I think my ear is one of my greatest assets.
- Pete Fountain

There are certain actors who are very good at improvising,
like Dustin Hoffman and Glenda Jackson.
- John Schlesinger

I love improvising.
- Lasse Hallstrom

When we were making Speaking in Tongues and Remain in Light,
we were jamming.
From that we were taking the best bits and then recording
and improvising on top of those.
- Tina Weymouth

We're improvising a lot of this, which amazes people.
- Tom Bergeron

I started improvising the Cliff character,
based on someone I grew up with.
- John Ratzenberger

Improvising things is always changing.
A lot of momentum.
- Ikue Mori

A person improvising is sometimes very fortunate that
just at that second things coincide.
- Leo Ornstein

I wouldn't want the pressure of a Six Feet Under or
the pressure of improvising like Curb Your Enthusiasm.
- Robert Englund

While you're improvising, you may come up with something which will break him up.
As soon as that smile comes out, you know that,
hey, we're having fun.
- Shelley Berman

Even when I was in school shows, in elementary school doing plays,
I'd always go off book and start improvising.
- Billy Crystal

There was one thing Beethoven didn't do.
When one of his string quartets was played,
you can believe the second violin wasn't improvising.
- Wynton Marsalis

If the same phrase in the same place created the right effect,
I was perfectly prepared to use it every time.
I wasn't worried that I wasn't improvising.
- Alexis Korner

Certainly one of the more common experiences in the
jazz field is discovering someone new.
Improvising musicians are capable of being musical travelers,
voyagers.
We want to join in on whatever we hear.
There is a freedom to wander the musical landscape.
- Gary Burton

Even if you're improvising, the fact that beforehand
you know certain things will work helps you make those
improvisations successful.
It really helps to have a certain amount of knowledge about musical structure.
- John Cale

When I'm on stage, it's a little world I've created
where I'm sort of the thing,
so I have total control over everything that happens.
When we're improvising, I'm with someone I totally trust.
I know things are going to work out.
I don't have those guarantees in life.
There are no consequences on stage.
- Colin Mochrie

You're just sort of searching for this "thing" and
sometimes you get it and sometimes you don't.
All music is imperfect, but in jazz since you're improvising,
at least the way I play, I'm trying to follow my train of thought in a solo.
- John Abercrombie

I was always playing the Hammond Organ back to front
even during the days of the Nice,
going back to 1968.
Really what I was doing there, was choosing notes at
random and trying to make some sense of them,
improvising back to front.
- Keith Emerson

A lot of people love the idea of improvising but are terrified of it,
so I tried to make a book that was not a chef's book
about improvising but a real home cook's book with
a real home cook's pantry,
supermarket ingredients, that sort of thing.
- Sally Schneider

When I worked with Robin Williams, now there is improv!
He is just as funny as you think he is.
We did at least five or six takes of every scene,
improvising every scene differently.
He was a riot.
- Stephen Root

The music of the Gypsies belongs in the sphere of improvisation
rather than in any other,
without which it would have no power to exist.
- Franz Liszt

Improvisation is too good to leave to chance.
- Paul Simon

We did very little improvisation on camera,
and once in a while we did.
- Peter Tork


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