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Jerry Bergonzi Creating a Jazz Vocabulary Vol1

Jerry Bergonzi: Creating a Jazz Vocabulary Vol. 1
WORKOUTS: Chord Scales/Tones, Approach Systems & Voice Leading

How to Play Jazz - Jerry Bergonzi Creating a Jazz Vocabulary Volume 1


* For ALL Instruments & Levels!
* Jam-packed 2-hour Lesson with Legendary Master Player/TEACHER Jerry Bergonzi
* Play-Along Tracks, Lead Sheets & 18-Page PDF Booklet
* Bonus: in-depth 60-minute Interview

How does it feel to be the best saxophone player in the world?” “I don't know. Ask Jerry Bergonzi!

Jerry hit the ball out of the park with this series!
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 the 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 this series!!!

Shannon LeClaire, Associate Professor of Woodwinds, Berklee College of Music (5-Star Amazon Review Excerpt)

Tenor saxophonist Jerry Bergonzi is an internationally recognized jazz performer, composer, author and jazz 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.

In this video, Bergonzi, along with colleague Brian Levy, explores important how-to-play-jazz foundations for building one's jazz vocabulary and technical skills.
While the subjects explored and the corresponding exercises will greatly help beginners and are presented extremely clearly, the more sophisticated applications of these exercises may challenge even advanced jazz musicians to new heights.

This material is the result of teaching these methods all over the world to jazz students of all levels & instruments for 30 years
– finally available in Video format!

Don’t let the Vol 1 fool you, this gets right to your limit as a player – and then expands you beyond very quickly. Play two chord tones (9th, 11th) over all chords to a standard, and start hearing them! It’s a challenge, but fun to hear new ways. Then he plays with anticipating these chords tones in lots of new ways, where you start to play the music, rather than the music playing you! I love JazzHeaven productions, and this title rocks my musical world.
Jeff Taylor, USA (5-Star Amazon Review Excerpt)

I have an academic background in composition, but as a jazz musician I'm mostly autodidact. Jerry's Volume 1 helped me to address some important weak spots and gave me crystal-clear guidance on how to tackle them. Happy that I now know exactly what to work on for the next half a year or more. Great “investment” and highly inspiring. Thank you so much!
Wim Dijkgraaf, The Netherlands (5-Star Amazon Review Excerpt)

Bergonzi has been codifying and passing along his hard-earned wisdom since he began teaching jazz in the early 1980s.
Jazz Students flock to the New England Conservatory to have the opportunity to study with this master jazz teacher/player.
And now his “how to play jazz” lessons are within reach of anybody who has a DVD player or a computer.


Expand Your Current Jazz Vocabulary, get out of old Habits and improve Your Ears & Memory with:

* Applying Chord Scales & Chord Tones to Jazz Standards
* Systems for approaching different Chord Tones
* Limited-Range & Wide-Range Playing
* Upper-Structure Triads applied to Standards
* Anticipating Chord Changes & delaying Resolutions
* Improvising using multiple Chord Tones per Bar

And LOTS more How to Play Jazz Info…

Examples are based on chord progressions of familiar Jazz standards like All The Things You Are, Stella by Starlight & Solar.

Jam-packed 2-hour Lesson!
PLUS: Play-Along Tracks & Lead Sheets
PLUS: 18-Page PDF Booklet
PLUS: in-depth 60-min Interview

Lots of good stuff
Tons of great exercises and concepts. It will take months, if not years, to internalize all the information that Jerry and Brian deliver. The best part is that I can already feel a difference in my improvising. These guys are great communicators who take what is complicated and make it simple. Two thumbs up!
Sam Frazee, USA (5-Star Amazon Review Excerpt)

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 “how to play jazz” demonstrations and fun to watch. Thank you to JazzHeaven.com for making this possible!

Juergen Bothner, Germany (5-Star Amazon Review Excerpt)

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I highly recommend this video. It contains a wealth of valuable information on how to play jazz.
Mr. Bergonzi's exercises and explanations are pithy and easy to understand.
His relaxed, understated humor is a plus and there's literally enough material to keep
you practicing and improving for years. Buy it!

Mark Foster, USA (5-Star Amazon Review Excerpt)

Essential Learning Source for Improvisation
I have studied improvisational music for years. In college, privately with teachers, and buying theory books/CDs.
All of them have been valuable, but I have never seen a video, where a teacher, Jerry Bergonzi, explains improvisation so clearly, with such simplicity. Jerry's goal is to get you playing, right away, with the clearest path possible.
Many books and CDs out there are very helpful, but they tend to get lost in the technical theory language or the exercises are too complicated.
For each segment, Jerry explains the concept, the practice, and the application. 1 – 2 – 3.
Kudos to Jerry, Brian, and the JazzHeaven team for such an incredible teaching breakthrough.
I talk to everyone about the Bergonzi videos! I finally understand jazz after 20 years. Such a gem!

Jason Caplan, USA (5-Star Amazon Review Excerpt)

Great Instructional Video
I completely agree with all of the other positive feedback given by the other reviewers of this video in this video series.
As a student of music what I really am looking for from a teacher is answers to the following questions: What do I practice? And perhaps more importantly HOW do I practice it? This is perhaps the most important distinguishing characteristic of Jerry's teaching because he shows the student EXACTLY what to do in order to practice the material which is teaching.
Jerry Bergonzi has a wealth of musical knowledge and he's showing you how to learn and practice without getting bogged down in too much theoretical explanation of the concepts.
I highly recommend this and all the other Bergonzi videos because of their content & the style of presentation.

John Jackson, USA (5-Star Amazon Review Excerpt)

JazzHeaven is a “must” for the serious jazz musician
I've been studying jazz for the last 30 years. (I'm 52 now.)
Those videos from JazzHeaven are the most precious, life-changing information available today in jazz education. No matter where you live, this will give you the possibility to really change and uplift your playing! Jerry is AWESOME and the quality of the production is top notch.
No-brainer to buy it, and when you do, you will see changes very fast, and deep in your conception.

Alfredo Paixao, Italy (5-Star Amazon Review Excerpt)

Awesome video resource stuffed to the gills with stuff to practice…
This video is a fantastic resource. There's a lot of material out there on improvisation. It can be a little overwhelming at times. Many fall into the trap of having too much to think about and end up paralyzed with anxiety about all there is to practice and where to start. I know it's happened to me. I think it's safe to say though, that this video alone can keep me busy for a LONG time.
Jerry Bergonzi is a great instructor.
I've seen his improvisation book series, but they're hard to track down now. This video has the extra benefit of being able to see Jerry demonstrate what he's explaining. If you have his book series this would probably be a great companion to it, but if you don't, you can get very far with just this.
One of the things I like about Jerry's style is he gives you a ton of information but he doesn't dictate what you should do with it. That's not to say what he's teaching isn't clear, but he leaves it up to you to do what you have to in order to really make the stuff work – which is apply it to many tunes, do the stuff in all keys, and invent your own exercises based off what he gives you.
He shows you examples of this stuff on a tune either on the piano or with a student of his on sax, and then he leaves it to you to work the stuff out, so it gets into your playing. I like that he doesn't coddle the viewer along. This leaves more time for content…
And, boy, does he pack a lot of content into these 2 or so hours. He really is a top educator.
Also know that this video is for ANY INSTRUMENT. Even though the demonstrations are all done on piano and/or sax, you can apply it to anything. I play bass and I'm using the stuff I'm learning here to help me be more melodic, when I get the rare solo opportunity.
The production quality of this video is also fantastic. This isn't some instructional video shot on an old camera phone with grainy picture and audio. Rather, this is top quality video and audio.
At first I thought this video was a little pricey, but after purchasing it, I can definitely say it's worth every penny. This video will give you heaps of stuff to work on. I'm definitely going to be picking up the other two volumes in the series.

Rob D, USA (5-Star Amazon Review Excerpt)


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