What is the course about?
Learn to play jazz standards with demanding harmonic, rhythmic and melodic issues. Consolidate and develop the work covered in Jazz piano 1 and 2. Improvise and accompany ("comp") with greater confidence and skill.
What will we cover?
- The role of the piano in a rhythm section, and as a solo instrument
- Playing standards that include minor/altered harmony, substitution of dominant chords, and modal harmony
- Developing your ability to improvise on the study tunes
- left hand chords practice
- You will be required to learn a standard tune every 2 to 3 weeks.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Improve your sense of time, and range of grooves
- Build confidence to play in public
- Read charts effectively; memorise tunes and harmonic sequences
- Expand your repertoire
- 'Comp' as part of a rhythm section
- Build and play solos
- Become a reliable accompanist
- navigate a lead sheet efficiently.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
You should have an intermediate to advanced level of jazz piano skill. You should have successfully completed jazz piano 2, or have playing experience that has given you confidence and know-how in the use of scales and modes, patterns, swing & latin rhythms, common jazz chord progressions, efficient chord voicing.
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?
We play together in class, at digital pianos. Tutorial input on aural and theoretical matters, and some demonstration.
There will be some solo playing, and duets where one player features and the other accompanies. Headphones are used for a short time for individual practice of tasks.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Please bring manuscript for class notes, and a machine to record parts of the session, if you wish.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
You can progress to jazz piano advanced, and/or jazz harmony & ear training study, ensemble playing, gigs and jam sessions.
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