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Sobre o curso

The blues is an American art form and the most important musical form in jazz. Although there are other formal paradigms of the blues, such as 8-bar or 16-bar, this course focuses on different incarnations of the 12-bar blues. There are considerable differences between Early Jazz blues, Swing blues, Bebop blues, Modal blues, and Post Bop blues. Each type has its unique harmonic syntax, melodic vocabulary and, associated with them, improvisational techniques. While other aspects of jazz performance practice have been constantly changing from one stylistic convention to another, the blues has never lost its identity and expressive power, and continues to exert a powerful influence on the harmonic and melodic syntax of jazz. This seven-week course explores important aspects of the blues, blues improvisation, basic keyboard textures, jazz harmonic and melodic syntax. Topics include: (1) Blues Progressions; (2) Blues and Other Scales; (3) Improvisational Tools, and others. This course will also cover valuable theoretical concepts enabling the student to master the art of jazz improvisation. Each topic will be introduced from a practical perspective with the clearly stated goal: to improve one’s improvisational skills. Jazz improvisation is rooted in spontaneity, creativity, self-expression and, at the same time, self-control and order. A unique pedagogical approach based on a one-to-one musical interaction conducted with different instrumentalists will help to reinforce many of the concepts introduced in this course and realize its stated objectives....

Melhores avaliações

27 de Jul de 2020

Very good and enjoyable mix of practice and theory - from basics to more advanced with good explanations throughout. I just wish I was a better piano player to be able to take full advantage of it!

7 de Out de 2016

Such a great course! Even though I am a bass player this course has made me understand patterns and ways in which the Blues can be taken to. Thank you very much for such an amazing experience.

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por Leslie

13 de Mar de 2017

truly excellent course

por temo s

30 de Jan de 2017

Altamente recomendable

por Dorin D

15 de Nov de 2016

Excellent! Thank you -

por Ismael J G Á

19 de Jun de 2020

Dariusz is the beast!

por Numa M A V

6 de Jan de 2019


por Ara D

20 de Jan de 2017

Excellent class !

por frédéric d

11 de Out de 2016

really excellent.

por Daniel A B D

19 de Mai de 2021


por Hernán A B

22 de Jun de 2020

Great course!!!

por Víctor M P O

7 de Jul de 2019

Excelente curso

por Alberto E M R

8 de Jun de 2016

it´s excellent

por Roberto J

15 de Ago de 2017

Great course

por Maicon R H

11 de Abr de 2017

Very good!!!

por John R

12 de Out de 2016


por Ángel L B G

26 de Jun de 2016

Really good!

por Carlos A F

18 de Jul de 2016


por Kelvin B

22 de Jun de 2020


por Pedro B

8 de Ago de 2016

Muy bueno!

por Fabián A P

26 de Set de 2020


por Tekane C

2 de Mai de 2020


por Laura R V

4 de Out de 2020

Loved it

por Ernesto D L

3 de Dez de 2016


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por Steve R

24 de Ago de 2017

At first I though it was a very poor course but certain parts of it were gold for me and I got a lot out of it. I particularly appreciated the advice on how to improvise through out the course. I was less keen on the parts on modes and pentatonics but on the other hand for someone further along in their musical journey it may be just the thing. Although the course is ostensibly on the blues it also covers a lot of material relevant to Jazz.

Pedagogically there were some problems.I think the course has way too much material and could be split into 2 parts each part maybe a bit slower.The presenter need to sharpen up his game a little as regards presentation skills, reading material of an IPad is not very inspiring. His English is not very idiomatic but that's not really a big problem. Written sheets with the changes and summarizing the lectures would have made the course better. Finally there are no peer reviews and all quizzes are theoretical - rather disappointing. I prefer a hands on approach with peer based reviews as in Gary Burton's course also on Coursera.