Breakthrough to Improv: The Secrets of Improvisation

Dave Frank's best-selling Breakthrough to Improv DVD

Breakthrough to Improv is a revolutionary one-hour video master class presented by Dave Frank, Berklee professor and author of the popular Hal Leonard book series Joy of Improv.

Breakthrough is designed to give players of all instruments the experience of breaking through to the creative approach to improvising music.

The video presents a unique series of 15 steps towards musical freedom - each step includes a teaching section, playing demonstrations, and a “practice point”. Breakthrough to Improv is designed to be watched with instrument at hand - viewers learn a series of improv concepts that lead quickly to an ability to jam on a blues form. In addition, an accompaniment section is provided at the end of the video so students can “play along with Dave”.

Topics presented include: Breaking free from the written page, The universal principles of improvisation, Feeling in Fours, the secret of improvising in the flow of rhythm, The improviser’s attitude and Developing “killer chops”

Breakthrough to Improv has been developed by Dave Frank on the basis of 30 years experience teaching aspiring improvisers on all instruments, and is guaranteed to get the viewer Jammin! Musicians with previous improv experience will find that Breakthrough to Improv contains unique concepts and techniques that will expand their improv ability. Breakthrough to Improv is also highly recommended for music teachers and professionals looking for a way to begin teaching improvisation to their students.

"Dave Frank has just the kind of warm personality you’d want to find if you were just learning how to improvise. He takes you through the basics of a simple blues progression, giving you plenty of opportunities to play along, and plenty of ideas on how to explore your new skills" - KEYBOARD MAGAZINE


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Dave Frank is one of the busiest solo jazz pianists and music educators on the scene today. He is the author of the best-selling Hal Heonard book and video series, Joy of Improv and Breakthrough to Improv, was an Associate Professor of piano at Berklee College of Music in Boston from 1987-2004, and was a co-founder of the New York School of Jazz (1983-86). In 2004 Dave moved to New York City to direct the Dave Frank School of Jazz in midtown Manhattan. Read more...


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