What is the course about?
You will be introduced to the essentials of playing in the jazz style. Advanced chord work and scales are explored within the context of jazz and blues standards.
Tutor: David Harrison [external website].
What will we cover?
Tunes for study are chosen in order to highlight a particular aspect of jazz guitar technique:
- Chords and chord shapes
- Melody playing
- Harmonisation and substitutions
- Playing in various time feels
- Solo chord playing
- Creating a bassline.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Demonstrate a grasp of important jazz scales and use them to improvise over chords
- Demonstrate some jazz repertoire
- Attempt personal interpretations of music
- Play in time with a good sense of jazz style.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
You should be fully conversant with bar chords; know the names of all notes on the fingerboard to at least the seventh fret, be able to play a major scale pattern, and pentatonic scales, and have a working knowledge of chord progressions. Music reading, or tab reading will be of advantage. It is recommended that jazz instrumental study is supported by harmony study and ear training.
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?
You will be taught through group playing sessions with opportunity for individual attention and guidance. Daily practice outside of class is an essential supplement to this course. Reading music notation is not essential but will be helpful. As amplification is limited, please bring an acoustic instrument until advised differently by your tutor.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Music materials are provided by the tutor. You must bring your own acoustic guitar, and you may wish to record parts of the sessions. A guitar tuner is essential, pencil and manuscript paper.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
You can progress to Jazz guitar 2, and/or Jazz harmony and ear training,.
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