How to improvise – all you need to know in one brilliant lesson

The internet and social media are wondrously rewarding things. While confined to the sickbed at the weekend, I came across a tweet which recommended, and linked to, a jazz improvisation master class given by the vibes player and expert Berklee educator Gary Burton.

The following couple of hours were an absolute joy. I can heartily recommend this, not only for student musicians, but to all those who like listening to the music.

Burton is so clear, so wise, and so flab-free in his instruction and explanation.
For all I know this has been viewed by every budding improviser in the world already, but in case you haven’t seen it, take some time with this. The second half is taken up with student bands and Burton’s feedback to them which is interesting in itself, but the first half is just brilliant:



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