1 General_Lee 2 years ago No, I'm not talking about those radio tunes, jingles, children's songs or whatever that go 'round and 'round in your head, wanted or not. Rather, I'm talking about deliberately creating or improvising lines in your head over the chord changes to a song. Or perhaps creating a new lead break to a piece you've worked out previously. Thinking music, as opposed to thinking in words or pictures.I've noticed that my mind tends to do this naturally after a practice session wherein I've been focused on a particular piece or a specific technique. Over time, I've developed this tendency into a significant part of my practice routine. I'll often go out for a walk, or lay down on the couch for a few minutes with my eyes closed and deliberately create some improvised lines that have to do with what I've just been working on. Other times, when I do not have much time to practice, I'll think of a piece I know reasonably well, such as a Kenny Burrell or Wes tune, and "solo" over it in my mind. I find that this exercise can be very useful in solidifying certain musical concepts within my learning cycle. In fact, I often have more success improvising away from the instrument than I do when I'm trying to come up with new ideas when actually playing. If the line or improv is particularly stimulating, I'll return to the instrument and try to play at least part of what I just "thought" up, on my guitar. I believe this approach has helped me become a much better player. Especially where jazz pieces are concerned.Anyway, I was just wondering if anyone else here uses this approach. And if so, in what fashion have you disciplined your own "thinking" to create original music?