Just Improvise It…

What fascinates and draws some people to jazz? What is the neurobiology behind the freedom that these musicians possess? What happens when the brain is freed from having to follow rules and is allowed to just invent at the spur of the moment? Improvisation usually goes hand and hand with the element of surprise. Studies have shown that improvisation relies on the medial pre-frontal cortex of the brain while turning off that part of the brain that is responsible for self-monitoring. Improvisation is not unique to jazz musicians it is also evident in rappers, comics, classical musicians and people who are able to think within the moment. One myth is that only certain people have the ability, but the truth of the matter is that it has taken certain people years to develop. The more you perform any task, the source of raw material you have to draw on increases. If we look at improvisation as the mere act of being creative, we can see that we all possess the talent. It is just a part of being human. It may be important to give yourself a “yes” day every now and then. That is say yes to whatever you feel like doing at whatever time you like as long as it does not hurt anyone. In other words, improvisation is both healthy and relaxing.