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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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Recommandé : 6 weeks of study, 3-6 hours/week

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Sous-titres : English, French, Chinese (Simplified), Portuguese (Brazilian), German, Spanish

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Niveau intermédiaire

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Recommandé : 6 weeks of study, 3-6 hours/week

Approx. 17 heures pour terminer
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English

Sous-titres : English, French, Chinese (Simplified), Portuguese (Brazilian), German, Spanish

Programme du cours : ce que vous apprendrez dans ce cours

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Section
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1 heure pour terminer

Welcome to Jazz Improvisation

Welcome to the course! Here we will cover all the details about the course and what you'll need to know to get the most out of your experience....
Reading
3 vidéos (Total 9 min), 5 lectures, 1 quiz
Video3 vidéos
Learning Music Online2 min
How this Course Works4 min
Reading5 lectures
A Note From Your Teaching Assistant10 min
Connect with Your Classmates10 min
Getting to Know You10 min
Course Resources10 min
Earn A Course Certificate10 min
Quiz1 exercice pour s'entraîner
What Are Your Goals?8 min
Clock
3 heures pour terminer

Improvisation as a Language

Since everybody who is taking this course starts from a different place in terms of their experience as an improviser, it's important at first to cover some basic material. We'll begin our journey by exploring the language used by jazz improvisors. Improvisation is analogous to language in many ways. With music, we become fluent when the vocabulary (scales and chords) and grammar (harmonic progressions) are assimilated into conversational content or story (melodic themes and structure) and we no longer have to consciously think about them while we play....
Reading
4 vidéos (Total 14 min), 1 lecture, 2 quiz
Video4 vidéos
The Relationship Between Spoken Language & Music4 min
Story-Telling3 min
Creating Your Assignment (week 2)3 min
Reading1 lecture
Spoken Language and Improvised Music10 min
Quiz1 exercice pour s'entraîner
SELF ASSESSMENT: Improvisation as a Language4 min

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Section
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4 heures pour terminer

The Improviser's Vocabulary

In this lesson, we'll explore the improviser's lingo. We'll identify the most common chord scales and the type of harmony they relate to including major, minor, and dominant 7. ...
Reading
6 vidéos (Total 24 min), 3 lectures, 3 quiz
Video6 vidéos
Learning Scales4 min
10 Most Important Scales4 min
The Modes3 min
Dominant 7 Scale Choices4 min
Using Chord Scales3 min
Reading3 lectures
The 7 Modes from Brightest to Darkest10 min
3 Additional Scales10 min
How to Record Yourself for Assignments10 min
Quiz2 exercices pour s'entraîner
Identify the Scale40 min
SELF ASSESSMENT: Understanding Others' Vocabulary4 min

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Section
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3 heures pour terminer

Making Scale Choices in Real Time

Improvisers must be able to quickly recall chord scales and be able to play around on them fluently. This becomes important when choosing which chord scale to use on a given harmony—another thing we must be able to determine immediately. When a new tune is put in front of you at a session or a rehearsal, there isn't time to take the music home and spend an hour or two working out the correct scales. Improvisers need a quick, mostly intuitive way of making these scale choices in real time as the tune is being played. This week, we'll explore my method for making these quick musical decisions....
Reading
7 vidéos (Total 18 min), 3 quiz
Video7 vidéos
Finding the Correct Major Scale2 min
Chord Scale Method2 min
Finding the Correct Minor Chord Scale2 min
Minor Examples1 min
Finding the Correct Dominant Chord Scale5 min
Creating Your Assignment (week 4)2 min
Quiz2 exercices pour s'entraîner
Scale Choices18 min
SELF ASSESSMENT: 500 Miles High4 min

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Section
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3 heures pour terminer

Harmony for Improvisers

It is important for an improviser to clearly imply the harmonies when improvising. It is not enough to just play correct notes on each chord. In this lesson we'll examine how the improviser helps the harmonies move. Part of the improviser's job is to help the listener follow the changes as the chords move from one to another. ...
Reading
5 vidéos (Total 20 min), 3 quiz
Video5 vidéos
Guide-Tones3 min
Using Guide-Tone Lines4 min
Harmonic Motion 26 min
Creating Your Assignment (week 5)2 min
Quiz2 exercices pour s'entraîner
Harmony 16 min
SELF ASSESSMENT: Memories of Tomorrow4 min
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par MGNov 20th 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)

par EIAug 13th 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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À propos de Berklee College of Music

Berklee College of Music was founded on the revolutionary principle that the best way to prepare students for careers in music is through the study and practice of contemporary music. For more than half a century, the college has evolved to reflect the state of the art of music and the music business. Berklee serves distance learners worldwide through its award-winning online extension school, Berklee Online....

Foire Aux Questions

  • Once you enroll for a Certificate, you’ll have access to all videos, quizzes, and programming assignments (if applicable). Peer review assignments can only be submitted and reviewed once your session has begun. If you choose to explore the course without purchasing, you may not be able to access certain assignments.

  • When you purchase a Certificate you get access to all course materials, including graded assignments. Upon completing the course, your electronic Certificate will be added to your Accomplishments page - from there, you can print your Certificate or add it to your LinkedIn profile. If you only want to read and view the course content, you can audit the course for free.

  • Yes. Learners should have basic proficiency on an instrument before enrolling in this course.

  • While prior knowledge of music theory concepts is not required for enrollment, it would be helpful for you to have a working knowledge of basic concepts, such as key signatures, chord scales, the circle of 5ths, etc. If you feel you need to review these concepts before enrolling in Jazz Improvisation, we recommend first enrolling the our Developing Your Musicianship course offered on Coursera.

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