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Jazz Improvisation: Starting Out with Motivic Development

by Ed Tomassi
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Jazz Improv Tomassi

In this Berklee Workshop, Berklee Professor and Saxophonist Ed Tomassi shows you how to build compelling improvisations out of just a few notes. Tomassi's method makes improvising simple. He demonstrates techniques for creating graceful solos from a two-, three- or four-note riff or motive … and shows how to add depth and variety by stringing several motives together. His system is easy to understand and practice; it will help you develop more interesting, cohesive, and creative solos within any form or structure.

Running time: 33 minutes

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About Ed Tomassi

Ed Tomassi

Ed Tomassi is a saxophonist, clinician, and renowned scholar in the art of improvisation. His Berklee classes and clinics around the country have introduced thousands of students to various improvisational styles, and his methods and techniques have inspired everyone from beginning players to the most advanced students and professionals. As a saxophonist, Tomassi has performed with Temptations, Vic Damone, Gloria Loring and the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra. He also plays regularly with a number of popular and jazz groups around Boston, and is co-leader of the Ken Cervenka/Ed Tomassi Sextet.

About Berklee Workshop DVDs

Berklee Workshop DVDs is a series of Instructional DVDs featuring top Berklee teachers, alumni and visiting artists. These 30- to 90-minute sessions focus on a single professional music topic from one of the five learning streams that flow through the Berkleemusic experience: Production, Music Business, Writing, Education and Performance.

Berklee Workshop DVDs are a great way to keep growing, stay creative, and build your career through exposure to the engergy and expertise of successful professionals. Based on interviews, lessons and performances, these sessions let you see and hear how the best musicians set themselves apart.