What is the course about?
A jazz approach to clarinet playing. In the four sessions you will learn to listen to jazz and play in the style.
What will we cover?
- clarinet technique: sound production, articulation, and jazz phrasing
- chord/scale relationships (harmony) and guide tones
- playing standard tunes with backing tracks
- improvisation. Tutor: David Harrison.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- have improved your understanding of how and what to practice and listen to
- have increased your understanding of chords and scales and how they relate
- be more confident about interpreting jazz tunes
- be more confident about soloing over a chord sequence
- have learned some jazz terminology.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
You will need a working knowledge of scales and arpeggios on the instrument. Students should have completed at least level 3, and more experienced players will benefit from this course if they are new to jazz playing. You will need to follow written and verbal instructions in English and engage in class discussions.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
In a class situation, with tutor demonstration, music handouts and playing your clarinet along to piano accompaniment and backing tracks.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Please bring your clarinet, manuscript paper, pencil and eraser. You may record parts of the classes.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
City Lit offers clarinet courses up to advanced level.
You may be also interested in Jazz harmony and ear training, and improvisation in classical music styles.
General information and advice on courses at City Lit is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details