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Jazz Improvisation, Berklee College of Music

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577 ratings
177 reviews

About this Course

Learn the basic concepts of improvisation from Gary Burton, one of the most renowned improvisers in the jazz world, including the mental, melodic, and harmonic processes that contribute to the instinctive skills that an improviser puts to use when taking a solo. While many people are fans of jazz and understand that musicians are often “making up” the notes they are playing during a performance, most people—often including musicians, themselves, who are beginning to learn improvising—aren’t clear about what exact processes take place to enable this to happen. The purpose of this course is to introduce the basic concepts of modern improvisation and how to go about mastering the different musical and mental skills involved. Course author Gary Burton codifies a sought-after approach to improvisation that has been at the core of Berklee College of Music's curriculum for decades. Students who complete this course will know what to practice and how to practice the various aspects of improvising, in addition to understanding how the improviser spontaneously communicates to the listeners through their musical creations....

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By MG

Nov 20, 2016

This was a truly great course, I learnt so much. And I have been playing piano for almost 60 years! Thanks to a wonderful teacher and musician (brilliant rendition of Chick Corea's Crystal Silence)

By EI

Aug 13, 2016

Besides being a great musician, Gary Burton is a great educator and he teaches in a very simple way the basic knowledge that an improviser needs.\n\nThank you so much for having this course.

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By José Luis Tenorio Flores

Apr 10, 2019

Excelente curso con informacion precisa

By José Enrique Flores Velásquez

Mar 29, 2019

Excelente curso, muy funcional y bastante bien explicado. Ojala que el instructor pueda nuevamente volver al mundo del jazz. Ojala que se recupere pronto.

By Angelo Strano

Mar 04, 2019

Very good course also for beginners and intermediates. It gives tools and ideas that you can apply in your playing

By Samuel Nwanze

Feb 19, 2019

great course

By ian clunie

Jan 28, 2019

Great free course for people who know a bit about modes and scales and have basic skills at reading standard musical notation

By Kharim Gomez

Jan 28, 2019

Realmente amplio mi horizonte

By Jimmy Yunes

Jan 09, 2019

Excelent course! A very complete way of teaching the language to improve

By Cherwyn Ambuter

Jan 04, 2019

Fabulous, fabulous information. Learned so much! Only drawback was homework was all corrected by other class members, most of whom knew what they were doing but some, not. And some people's homework was never corrected. But what do we expect for free, I guess? I would have deducted a star for this problem, but the teaching of the instructor was so incredible that it overcame the temptation to deduct the star.

By Misael da Costa Homem

Dec 31, 2018

Incredible learning

By Yogesh Tripathi

Dec 21, 2018

Wonderful syllabus.

Thanks to the team for doing this.