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Master the “MSU” Technique

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Over at, author Dustin Wax has written an article about the art of improvisation, based on the autobiography of jazz musician Charles Mingus.

If you’ve done any real work with NLP, you know that there comes a time when we have to improvise. One of my trainers calls it “The MSU technique“, a.k.a. “Making Stuff Up”. NLP is about individuals, and individuals are, well, individual, so if all we have is a bunch of canned patterns, we can’t respond adequately.

The high points:

  • Go with the flow
  • You don’t play alone
  • Learn the rules so you can break them
  • Play by ear
  • Embrace limits
  • Use common structures in creative ways
  • When you make a mistake, keep playing

Head on over to and find out how to Improvise Like a Jazz Musician.

Written by Michael DeBusk

December 8th, 2007 at 4:02 pm

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