What is the course about?
Learn to play and improvise over a variety of jazz tunes with confidence in your aural skills (hearing what you are going to play) and with a good understanding of harmonic structures (chords) and time feel (swing, funk and latin).
This is a live online course. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.
What will we cover?
- Rhythm: pulse, groove, off beats, groupings, cross rhythms, different time signatures
- Melody: intervals, major scale and modes, blues scale, and harmonic minor scale
- Phrasing: use of space, call and response, articulation, dynamics
- Harmony: triads, inversions, 7th chords, notation, chord scale relationships
- Repertoire: 4or 5 tunes each term drawn from a wide range of jazz, Latin and contemporary styles
- learn to function in the context of an ensemble
- establish practice methods
- pursue ear training systematically.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Understand and use major scale in diatonic sequences
- Understand and use blues scale in blues sequences
- Understand and use chords I - VII from major scale
- Understand and use the minor II-V-I sequence.
- Understand and play in Latin and swing time
- take part in performances.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
You should already understand basic harmony (triads, major and minor scale construction); be able to read and write music; be at a good standard on their instrument or voice, and capable of expressing musical ideas.
Minimum playing standard is to be able to play all 12 major and relative minor scales.
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?
There will be lots of playing, singing, clapping, ear training and listening to recorded examples. You will play and practise as a group, and complete some music writing assignments. There will also be some interactive lecture-style teaching with frequent opportunities for discussion.There will be regular opportunities to perform and to record your playing.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
You will play your instrument and use manuscript paper every week, and build up a course file.
Additional reading or internet research may be suggested as the course progresses.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
At the end of the course you can progress to intermediate jazz courses at City Lit, subject to your tutor's advice. You will also be ready to take part in jam sessions and gigs or form your own band.