Improvisation Techniques for the Blues Player

Course Number
PSIM-221
Description

Performance-based class in blues improvisation using recordings and transcriptions of traditional and Chicago blues, swing and bop blues, gospel, funk, and rock styles as principal resources. Emphasis on adapting those techniques to develop a personal style. Weekly assignments include practicing blues-based exercises and learning solo transcriptions. Other performance skills covered include turnarounds, pacing of solos, and implying reharmonizations in improvisation.

Credits
2
Prerequisites
Overall ensemble rating 3
Required Of
None
Electable By
All B.M. and P.D. students
Major Elective for
Performance
Semesters Offered
Fall, Spring, Summer
Location
Boston
Department
PERF
Course Chair
Karen Bell
Taught By
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