What is the course about?
We will explore the blues form and sound and message. Open your understanding of the blues form, and have a chance to 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 espression 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.
Take away your 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 workshop. Experience of jazz or 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 machine to record class activity. Contact the Music department if you require help to record the class.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
This is an associate study to jazz/rock/pop/soul singing 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