Review: Coursera Introduction to Improvisation

I’ve completed the second week of Gary Burton’s Intro to Improvisation online course through Coursera. The lessons progressed from the first week’s discussion of parallels between language and music to a more theoretical description of ten of the commonly used jazz scales and their applications to major, minor, and dominant chords. These include the modes, the altered scale, the diminished scale, and the Lydian dominant. The assignment for this week was to demonstrate the tonality and color of each scale through playing a brief unaccompanied solo. Here is the link to my completed assignment.

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