Blues piano: introduction
Time: 10:30 - 12:30
Location: KS - Keeley Street
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Course Code: ME934
Duration: 4 sessions (over 4 weeks)
What is the course about?
A short course to introduce Blues playing to competent pianists. Expand your blues language, and spend time improvising in the style.
What will we cover?
- 12 bar tunes
- major and minor pentatonic scales
- blues scale "licks"
- creating and playing strong basslines
- right-hand improvisation technique.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Play 2-handed accompaniment for a singer or instrumentalist
- Understand the principles of blues harmony
- Improvise over a 12-bar sequence.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
Players with decent keyboard harmony and/or pop piano skills will get the most benefit from this short course.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
Each player will be at a digital piano, the aim is to practise together as much as possible. The tutor will set exercises, and you will be reading music samples and chord symbols. Some work by ear only.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Please bring manuscript, pencil, and an audio recording device (optional).
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Pop piano or jazz piano study.
Early signs of musical activity indicated David’s future path, and after taking grades on both piano and viola, he obtained a first-class honours degree in music at Leeds University, studying both instruments. He subsequently completed a postgraduate jazz course at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, studying piano with Simon Purcell, where he obtained an LGSM. He obtained an MMus in composition with Merit at Trinity Laban Conservatoire, with support from the Trinity College London scholarship, studying with Deirdre Gribbin, Gwyn Pritchard and Paul Newland. David is passionate about teaching, and teaches adult piano students at City Lit, as well as piano to individuals in his private practice and to young learners for Richmond Music Trust. He also performs from time to time as a jazz and classical pianist and undertakes practical music examining work for ABRSM jazz and classical syllabuses both in the UK and abroad. David also enjoys playing chamber music on viola.
Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.