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How to Improvise a Song Part 1

Updated: Apr 30, 2021

So you’ve got to grips with the concepts of Improv. You can build, expand and bring a scene home. You raise the stakes, you endow, add history, you 3/7/10, you play to the height of your character’s intelligence, feel comfortable naked in front of an audience, and you’re not afraid to fail – but, the idea of improvising a song makes you sweat from places you didn’t know you could sweat from!

“But I can’t sing!” – “I have no Rhythm!” – “What the hell rhymes with orange?” I hear you whimper, hiding under the table in the rehearsal room. Well fear not brothers, sisters, non-Binaries and whatever gender you most identify with(s) – It really is as simple as Do Re Me…

Let’s start at the very beginning, a very good place to start…

First of all a question. Where does your voice come from?

A: The Lungs

B: The Heart

C: The Head

D: The Mouth

E: Somewhere Else

Well, of course the first four answers are all part of the process of singing, but if you answered E (whether or not you knew the answer or just figured out it’s a trick question) then give yourself a gold star and a biscuit.

And the answer to E is?