What is the course about?
We will explore the blues form and sound and message. Open your understanding of the blues form, the vast repertoire, and have a chance to sing, write and perform.
What will we cover?
Research and listening to the blues catalogue, old and contemporary.
The form : 12 bar mainly, but also 8 and 16 bar blues.
The rhythmic feel : swing or funk.
Phrasing and improvisation.
Performance : find ways to unlock emotion and expression in the voice.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
Identify main exponents of the music and find reference recordings.
Find your musical way around the 12 bar form.
Sing a blues with credibility.
Produce original lyrics.
Sing with appropriate expression and style.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
You should have an established singing technique to participate fully in this course. Experience of jazz and pop singing is a distinct advantage.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
Sessions will begin with a vocal warm up and workout, set in the singing style apt to the course.
You will follow demonstration by the tutor and piano accompanist. You will need to devote some time between classes to the blues writing task.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Please bring a notepad and pencil, and a device to record some class activities.
You may wish to support your learning through a focus on reading, writing and hearing music and musical patterns. For more details about musicianship and music theory please visit our blog: Musicianship and music theory at City lit which lists our full sequence of musicianship and music theory classes.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
This is an associate study to jazz/rock/pop/soul singing courses.