Improv Corner – Using Music In Improv

There are many ways you can incorporate music into improv and if you are new to training in the comedy art form. Well, the first thing I would say is to watch act such as Showstoppers, Abandoman, Comedy Store Players, These Folk, Track 96,The Noise Next Door just to see how you can incorporate it into a set. However, after watching people that do musical improv so well you may walk away slightly intimidated or wondering why you should consider using music in your improv.

Music can be incorporated into improv in a number of ways. The first thing to highlight which I think is really important is that you don’t have to be a great singer to enjoy musical improv. It is not always about how great you sing it is about the fun you have doing it.

There are many ways that you can bring music into a scene and here is a few ideas:

+Singing – This is the most obvious but this is also probably the hardest to master. It will be a lot easier if you pay to go on a course to understand the fundamentals of improvised singing.

+Using It To Emphasise The Scene – Using music can be used to heighten a scenes emotion and can be great fun to do as it adds another level of depth to your show. Audience really love it when there is music as it can increase the comedy or even add more drama.

+To Dance – Ok, this may not be for everyone and it is a bit ‘out there’ but dancing could be a fun way to add music to a scene.

There are just a few examples of what you can do with music but it can be a really fun thing to add to a show. The possibilities are endless as to what you can do with it so why not experiment!

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