What is the course about?
Experienced players can keep up practice in a mixed ensemble playing tunes you are familiar with. Each session will focus on two jazz standards. You will rehearse the "head", establish the rhythm section, and practise improvising. We aim to audio record some portions of the sessions.
What will we cover?
- tunes will be announced to enrolled players approximately two weeks before the start of the course.
- apply your existing harmonic knowledge to the day's repertoire
- develop your soloing in terms of good structure, phrasing, playing in the groove and rhythmic independence
- the dynamics of working in a small ensemble.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- have played the tunes to the best of your ability
- have internalised aspects of the music
- improvise with confidence
- transfer knowledge, skills and understanding to other repertoire
- have made new musical alliances.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
Players must be able and educated jazz people, ideally graduates of jazz harmony courses, with a working knowledge of how to rehearse in an ensemble with limited time available. You will be expected to be a competent reader.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
Short plenary to begin the day and an instrumental warm up & tune up. The tutor may set practical exercises to explore rhythmic and harmonic matters and approaches to improvisation. Most of the class time will be spent playing as an ensemble.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
All materials supplied. Please bring your instrument, and all accessories. Amplification supplied.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Join the next Jazz repertoire course, use your skills to play your own gigs, join in jam sessions,or form a band.