Hello, everyone. I'm a senior in high school and I've been attempting to get better at improv for a while (since freshman year). I feel like I'm finally starting to get the knack of it. Usually, I think of a lick and I'll play around with it for a while until I feel like the idea is getting stale, then I'll do a doodle or two and find a new lick. Repeat.
There are a few things I want to ask. One, how can I get a bit more variety? I know that sounds very vague. I listen to a lot of Clifford Brown, some Miles, and a bit of Nat Adderly, but I can't seem to find enough spark of inspiration when I'm playing.
Second, how do I get faster? I want to be able to bust out some fast Clifford Brown licks. I know it takes practice and a lot of work, but I don't really know what to practice. I know my standard scales inside and out, but I cant seem to apply them well enough to just doodle fast enough for my liking.
Any ideas or suggestions are more than welcome.