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Jazz Improvisation

Berklee College of Music via Coursera

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  • Provider Coursera
  • $ Cost Free Online Course (Audit)
  • Session Upcoming
  • Language English
  • Certificate Paid Certificate Available
  • Effort 6-8 hours a week
  • Start Date
  • Duration 5 weeks long

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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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Gary Burton

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5.0 5 years ago
Anonymous completed this course.
Hard! Enough info to keep you working for a year to master it all. Like - "here are the ten most common scales" - all the modes plus three others the jazz folks invented - "learn these six well enough to noodle on them in one week." And the other 4 the next week. Not possible unless you are already quite familiar with most of them.

Also - some students were confused, this is strictly jazz, not improv in other genres of music.

As to being an "introduction" - maybe if you are already a fairly accomplished jazz musician! All the rest of us are going to WORK at this one and be overwhelmed. But it's all good material.
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5.0 4 years ago
Anonymous completed this course.
This is a very important opportunity to get into jazz improvisation, and if you are alredy playing some jazz music, this course have very nice tools for improvisation such as scales, harmony and "theme and variations" melodies that you can applay to any musical instrument.
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