This research has developed tools and identified a series of procedures through an analytical investigation of how improvisation functions within the context of the taksim, a solo improvisational style found within the Ottoman Classical Music tradition. By transcribing and analyzing improvisations from masters on the style, it was possible to catalogue different types of musical structures, from ornaments and small phrases to the overall scheme of improvisations and strategies employed by the musician while performing it. The elements observed within master's improvisations were adapted to the technique of the fretless guitar, the instrument in which the research has been developed. With the aid of specialized software, a series of videos were produced where structures observed through analyses of improvisations are presented in a didactical manner. Practical examples introducing ways of employing these structures on the fretless guitar are also a part of the research output. The final goal of this research was to create my personal identity on the fretless guitar by using the tools developed here.
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