What is the course about?
The objective for this short course is to be able to play steady jazz grooves, and understand how to approach playing jazz drum fills in the context of playing with other musicians.
What will we cover?
- Playing steady time
- 4-way coordination
- Jazz drumming history including the work of Art Blakey, Gene Krupa and John Christiansen
- Understanding and playing musical form
- Reading notation for drum kit.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Appreciate and assess the work of key jazz drummers
- Demonstrate improved 4-way coordination
- Play a steady jazz ride beat
- Understand how to approach playing jazz form with a band
- Understand the basics of drum notation.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
You need competence at the drum kit, be versed in rock/pop/funk and other styles. You should show an interest in learning about jazz music and protocol.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
The course is practical : playing kit in the classroom. You will be taught by tutor demonstration, by listening, analysing and reflecting, and by individual practice. There will be e-learning support for the course. Independent study will be assigned at each class.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Please bring your own sticks, a notepad, and a folder for tutor hand-outs.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
courses for jazz drummers include: Jazz ensembles, City Lit Big Band, Jazz repertoire, Jazz woodshedding.
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