Berkleemusic.com, the online school of Boston’s Berklee College of Music, is unveiling an exclusive new online course with Berklee alum, vibraphonist Gary Burton. “Gary Burton: Jazz Improvisation” provides an opportunity for musicians from across the world to learn the techniques and mental process that takes place in improvising directly from Burton, who is also an inspiring educator.
“Gary Burton: Jazz Improvisation” begins with an overview of the mental processes that take place in improvisation and goes on to provide an explanation and understanding of harmony and melodic construction that is unique to improvising as compared to the performance of written music. The course explores different types and styles of compositions from the perspective of the improviser, and takes an in-depth look at how music learning experiences contribute to the instinctive skills that the improviser puts to use when taking a solo. Throughout the course, students will review compositions from the standard repertoire by established composers such as Duke Ellington and Thelonious Monk, along with more contemporary composers such as Chick Corea, Michael Gibbs, Carla Bley and Steve Swallow.