Improvising with Impro-Visor


The people at SOURCEFORGE keep amazing us all with their generous concept of supplying quality software solutions to us for free: stuff that can easily rival the really expensive alternatives.

IMPRO-VISOR is one such program that can be a real help to the student of improvisation.  My students and I use it to create backing tracks that we can solo to.  Basically you type in your chord progression, choose a tempo and style (swing, latin, blues etc.), and away you go: piano, bass and drums give a convincing accompaniment for you to practice your soloing.

You can choose the type of bass, and change the piano to a guitar if you prefer; basically there’s plenty of fun things to explore if you’re so inclined.

Here’s the link:

You can use it with Windows or on your MAC.  Read the instructions carefully though (Windows 7 gives a bit of a problem but you need to load it to your desktop): it all works when you know how.  They also have a great Tutorial: and HELP Menu.

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3 comments… add one
  • Bob Keller

    September 14, 2010, 1:16 am

    Thanks for the kind words about Impro-Visor. To correct one impression, however, the people at SourceForge have little to do with this effort. They just provide the download and version control site. The real work is done at Harvey Mudd College.


    Bob Keller
    Impro-Visor project director

  • rene

    October 10, 2010, 8:38 pm

    ..It is realy a fine tool… but since I installed Windows 7 I cannot see the preferences… what did you, that impro-visor is running on Windows 7?

  • rene

    October 10, 2010, 8:42 pm

    ooops…. I read your post again… and you wrote ‘install it on desktop’ and it works!!!! …thank you rene

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