Learn Jazz Lesson: Jerry Bergonzi: “Creating a Jazz Vocabulary Vol. 2″
Sequences, Substitutions & Shapes – and more Killer Learn Jazz Lessons
* For ALL Instruments & Levels:
Learn Jazz & improve your skills with Legendary Master Improviser & Master TEACHER Jerry Bergonzi
* Jam-packed 2-hour Lesson + PDFs & MP3 PLAY-ALONGS!
* BONUS: in-depth 60-minute Interview
“Jerry hit the ball out of the park with this one!
If you are a student of jazz improvisation, no matter what your instrument, and you are overwhelmed by all the jazz instructional material “out there,” start here!!! Jerry gives very specific instructions about how and what to practice. The main advantage of a video format is that you can see/hear the material demonstrated as if you were attending a lesson/masterclass. The demonstrations are excellent – very musical!
The material is presented in an extremely straight-forward manner and the video stays focused on the MOST IMPORTANT STUFF to practice.
I teach woodwinds at Berklee College of Music and I use many of Jerry’s ideas/methods with my own students.
You can’t go wrong purchasing Vol. 2 (and Vol. 1) in this series!!!
While either video may be studied independently of the other, the second video is, to my way of thinking, a logical continuation of the first video, with more challenging material.
There is enough here to keep an intermediate or advanced level student busy for a long, long time.
I have a lot of fun practicing this stuff myself :-)” Shannon LeClaire, Associate Professor of Woodwinds, Berklee College of Music
Tenor saxophonist Jerry Bergonzi is an internationally recognized jazz performer, composer, author and educator.
Besides being a professor at New England Conservatory, he is the author of seven jazz improvisation books and has performed and/or recorded with Jazz Greats like Mulgrew Miller, Dave Brubeck, Kenny Barron, John Abercrombie, Jack DeJohnette, Steve Swallow, Roy Haynes, and many more.
In this Video, Bergonzi, along with colleague Brian Levy, explores three important jazz improvisation topics:
* Modal Sequences
* Substitutions for/against the Chord
* Shape Playing
He shares clear & specific exercises for these three broad topics that musicians of any instrument and any level can explore to learn jazz and and work on their jazz improvisation skills, yet the resulting possibilities are truly unlimited.
This material is the result of teaching these methods to learn jazz to students all over the world for 30 years – finally available in Video format!
“Bergonzi has been codifying and passing along his hard-earned wisdom since he began teaching in the early 1980s.
Students flock to the New England Conservatory to have the opportunity to study with this master teacher/player.
And now his knowledge is within reach of anybody who has a DVD player or a computer.” Dan Bilawsky, AllAboutJazz.com
Expand Your Vocabulary & Open up New Ways of Thinking about Jazz Improvisation & Composition with:
* Application of Scalar & Modal Sequences to a Standard or Modal Tune
* Rhythmic Transformation of Sequences
* Substitution of Progressions for the Harmony
* Substitution of Progressions against the Harmony
* Exploration of Shapes and Directions as Models for Jazz Improvisation
And LOTS more Learn Jazz Exercises…
“After years of using Jerry Bergonzi’s books/methods for teaching and myself, this is the next step in the field of teaching improvisational skills in a not-person-to-person situation. Seeing this master demonstrating different aspects of the wide field of improvisation is kicking you directly in your practice room and is very inspiring. For anybody who is serious about the art called “Jazz” this is a must to check out.
Good quality, great demonstrations and fun to watch. Thank you to JazzHeaven.com for making this possible!” Juergen Bothner, Amazon.com
Examples are based on chord progressions of Jazz standards like Green Dolphin Street, Solar, Moment’s Notice & Minority and include PLAY-ALONG TRACKS!
Bonus: a 60-min Interview!
“I have several of Bergonzi’s ‘Inside Improvisation’ books and have found them extremely useful. I consider them invaluable and some of the best instructional material on the market. This DVD is very much like taking the best parts of the books and having Jerry teach them to you as though you were sitting with him, horn in hand.
This particular DVD focuses on taking simple ideas and expanding them into extremely complex sounding lines. As you would expect from a master, Jerry explains all of the concepts in very easy-to-understand terms and there is plenty of actual playing by Jerry and his ‘student’ to reinforce the concepts.
The production and sound are extremely good. All of the examples are included as a PDF on the DVD and they are also well done.
Overall, this DVD is well worth the money. For about 1/2 of the cost of an actual private lesson, you get enough material for months and months. Highly recommended for the intermediate to advanced musician.” Jeff Stocks from Shawnee, KS, via Amazon.com
“My playing has already been opened up and I’m moving past my usually approaches. I’ve got a ton to practice now! I can’t recommend this DVD enough for any jazz player that is looking to learn more about improving their improvising.“
Benny Torres, Union City, CA, via Amazon.com