In line with this, Jane Buttars suggests in her Piano Wellness Seminars and Workshops (2017) that many classical players, create sound from silence, from their own inner ears, without any specific reference to a composed piece, and this is, for them, a totally new experience. Buttars states that, when doing her improvisation sessions, a common exclamation she hears from beginning improvisers is, “I don’t know what to play!”. Buttars arrived at the conclusion that some of us respond better to more structure and traditional playing and are intimidated by the unknown. On the other hand, others feel restricted because their response depends on their mood on that day. For this reason, she suggests to set up just enough structure to inspire exploration but continue having spontaneity. For her, sometimes limits can help us to leave our comfort zone. For instance, she says that “If freedom is lost, however, by our preoccupation with a specific rhythm, form, or style, then we must return to less heady ideas to keep heart, ears, body, and mind in balance.”
Some tips Buttars gives in this same article is to start with free improvisation in the following way: “Breathe. Trust your intuition. Listen deeply and the music will tell you where to go next. One note is enough. There are no wrong notes—only missed opportunities. Don’t think; let your muse take over. Silence is your friend. Play, enjoy your sense of humour, have fun.”
Similarly, Richard Barrett also writes this about his daily life as a musician:
My activity in the free improvisation is an integrated part of my practice as a creative musician. It is a way to make interconnections that are not based in the traditional categories, particularly when electronic instruments are involved and indeed developing this in ways afresh for each instrumentation, perhaps for each performance.