Re: Developing a more contemporary angular sound
You can break improvisastion down into two basic approaches, vertical and linear. Vertical involves spelling chords which are composed of intervals. If you can spell chords, intervals will be easy for you.
Linear involves scales and modes, of which the chromatic scale is a part. Work on scales and diatonic modes. Listen to John Coltrane play "India". This is a good example of linear improvisation. You will hear will hear licks which are based on the dorian mode. When I was a kid, I got a lot of cool sax and piano licks from listening to Coltrane.
Practice your licks in different tempos. A drum machine is great for this application. Practice at a speed in which you can barely hold on for ten minutes. Take a ten minute break. Come back and slow it down to where you intended to play it. You improve your finger dexterity, and have more brain space to work on your expression. Best of luck to you :)
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