Tonic: The Music Improvisation Card Game is finishing up itâ€™s Kickstarter campaign this week, having more than doubled its original pledge goal.
Created for all musicians, playing any style, on any instrument.Â Tonic is a new card based game, developed as a new way for musicians to learn & practice improvisation in a way that emphasizes freedom and fun. Â For most of us the idea of improv can be intimidating, and the goal of Tonic is to break through that barrier and make it more accessible. Â The game can be played either alone or with a group and requires no experience or knowledge of music theory. Â
Tonic can be played in multiple ways with several add-ons already in development. Â At its most basic level it is a simple card game to be played by one or more musicians. Â To start you simply pick a card and do what it instructs. Â Each card challenges you to create a short piece of music on the spot. Â Dice can be added to choose the pitches you can use, or you can simply decide on the pitch yourself. Â
There is no score and no winners or losers. Â The point is to have fun and create new music. Â
Tonic presents a creative new way to approach your instrument. Â Playing around with the cards I found myself exploring ideas I would have never thought of on my own. Â I didnâ€™t even consider the fact that I was improvising, I was just having fun playing bass. Â The game is definitely a great way to get yourself out of your normal practice routine and shake things up a bit. Â I can see myself playing Tonic in the future to boost my inspiration and motivation. Â It is so easy to pick a card and start fiddling around, no scales to think about, no technique, just pure musical enjoyment. Â Â
Tonics creator, Scott Hughes, believes so strongly in his creation that he has made the cards available completely free. Â You can download them as a PDF here: Â Tonicgame.com