What is the course about?
Develop your listening skills from Jazz harmony and ear training 1 to include more unusual forms, extended and altered harmony, and expand your knowledge of jazz repertoire. This practical class features playing tunes and improvisation over the study tunes. New knowledge and concepts will be applied directly to your instrument.
What will we cover?
- Understanding more unusual compositional forms
- Extending rhythmic and melodic awareness
- Study more advanced bass line movements (e.g. tritone substitution) and extended/altered voice-leading
- Further scale options including melodic minor
- Practice improvising on the study tunes
- jazz standards, bebop blues, modal pieces, rhythm changes, Bossa nova, and contemporary rep
- rehearse as a small or large group.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Enjoy a greater knowledge of compositional forms and repertoire
- Advance your improvising and ability to work well in a small ensemble
- Be confident about playing in public.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
You should have completed Jazz harmony and ear training 1 or have equivalent experience. You should be able to improvise already and show a good understanding of the jazz idiom.
You will need to follow written and verbal instructions in English, engage in class discussions and take notes in English and staff notation.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
You will be taught through group listening, discussion and singing of relevant musical lines and parts, class exercises (dictation and chord recognition) to learn the tunes in the first hour, and ensemble practice in the second hour.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Lionel Grigson, Practical Jazz (Stainer and Bell) and Mark Levine, Jazz Theory Book (ChuckSher) recommended.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
You may wish to continue developing your skills through Jazz harmony, ear training and ensembles: advanced, subject to tutor approvel, join City Lit Big Band 2, or tgake part in the Jazz woodshedding and Jazz repertoire short courses.
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