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Yes, But... Tool


Published: 2010-08-28

One in a series of tool cards for teaching improvisation. Part of ICASP's Improvisation Toolkit. Sources: Spolin, Viola. "Improvisation for the Theater: A Handbook of Teaching and Directing Techniques." Illinois: Northwestern University Press, 1963. Johnstone, Keith. "Impro: Improvisation and the Theatre." London: Faber and Faber, 1979. 103.

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Improvisation is, simply put, being and living this very moment. No one can hide in music, and improvising in music is to be truly in this very moment and being completely yourself, with all your qualities and faults. It is probably the most honest state for a human being to be in.

– John McLaughlin in an interview with Daniel Fischlin.