I have one question about improvising(keep in mind this is for alto sax and trumpet): How do you do it? I've had about 5 performances with improvised solos, and they don't really seem to come out good, except for one, where I really wasn't nervous, and played out, even though my solo sounded like crap. I can improvise on the blues scales ok, but that's really my limit. In summer improv camp, we did a bunch of stuff with chords, but they really didn't tell me how to use those in improvising (in my opinion, that was a waste of money.) So should I just keep practicing the particular solo, when I have one? It seems that helps.