A music notation program designed to help jazz musicians compose and hear solos
Impro-Visor (short for “Improvisation Advisor”) is a music notation program designed to help jazz musicians compose and hear solos similar to ones that might be improvised. The objective is to improve understanding of solo construction and tune chord changes. There are other, secondary, things it can do, such as improvise on its own. It has also been used for transcription. Because rhythm-section (e.g. piano, bass, drums) accompaniment is automatically generated from chords, Impro-Visor can be used as a play-along device. Now having a wider array of accompaniment styles, its use is not limited to jazz.
Partial List of Features:
Lead sheets and solos can be constructed through either point-and-click or using a plain text editor (one is provided, but any editor can be used).
Optional automatic note coloration shows whether notes are consonant or dissonant with chords and scales.
Chords may also be entered quickly through a "roadmap" editor, which also analyzes chord changes for implied keys and idiomatic progressions ("bricks").
Harmonic note entry option guides the user to select notes that are consonant with harmony. Similarly, transposition options provide chromatic or harmonic transposition.
Solos or solo fragments can be played back immediately on the computer, with automatic rhythm section accompaniment.
Can be used for self-study, classroom, or play-along. Any segment of a leadsheet can be played back in looped mode.
Users can define new accompaniment styles. There is spreadsheet-like Style Editor, and a Style Extractor facility that helps create styles from MIDI performances.
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