The Boss of all the bosses - Wes at his best. This is a relatively easy song and learning it will give a lot of goodies. Inspired by this article of Dave Liebman I decided not only transcribe and learn to play it but to make more detailed analysis. I hope you will enjoy it and pdf with tabs/notation is ready here for you so no excuses :)
Finally we are approaching the end if this great course review, Here are the quick links
to Part 1 and Part 2
Theme and Variations,
Logic and Construction of Musical Statement.
Song Form Analysis
In his final lecture Gary Burton talks about importance of the very basic composition method; theme and variations.
Let's think - what improvisation really is?
Summary of Gary Burton’s „Introduction to Improvisation” course at Berklee College of Music & Coursera 2013 (part II)
Hi folks, you can check the 1st part here and now let's go to progress in the course.
In this lecture, Gary Burton shares with us his excellent method of choosing quickly, "on the fly", the right scale for given harmony of the song.
On the fly - means without preparation in advance, at sight, in real time during a trial or jam session. This method is actually very interesting and effective. It is based on answering to one or max two questions for each chord situation:
Summary of Gary Burton’s „Introduction to Improvisation” course at Berklee College of Music & Coursera 2013 (part I)
Please note that terminology in my review is used in the same manner as Gary Burton did in the course. Various methods and schools can use other synonymous names: (guide tone lines vs. voice leading, altered vs. super-locrian, etc.)
Despite the course’s name, it reffers only to JAZZ improvisation and some basic knowledge is necessary to make the best use of the material.
Everyone of us learning an instrument needs to spend hundreds and hundred of hours for what...? The answer is clear - to play some nice music for our own pleasure and hopefully for others' too. That is the final goal of all practice. Whether it's live gig or it's studio recording session or just family party... You must get there one day prepared to do your best and perform with your full potential what you practiced.