Sing soul and blues

Course Dates: 17/01/24 - 20/03/24
Time: 10:30 - 12:00
Location: Keeley Street
Enjoy this exploration of classic soul tunes and blues vocal style and repertoire. This course follows last term's edition and new singers are welcome to join.
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Sing soul and blues
  • Course Code: MF641
  • Dates: 17/01/24 - 20/03/24
  • Time: 10:30 - 12:00
  • Taught: Wed, Daytime
  • Duration: 10 sessions (over 10 weeks)
  • Location: Keeley Street
  • Tutor: Emzee Haywoode

Course Code: MF641

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Wed, day, 17 Jan - 20 Mar '24

Duration: 10 sessions (over 10 weeks)

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What is the course about?

Learn to perform repertoire of classic soul & blues tunes, and develop technical and musical skills. Develop your ability to improvise in this style. This is an open level class for singers with any experience and training. It is not suitable however for absolute beginners to singing.

What will we cover?

- Exploring repertoire and learning songs
- Understanding and expressing lyrics
- Collaborate with the piano accompanist
- Improvising on a blues sequnce
- Study of rhythm in order to keep tempo steady and phrasing interesting
- Studying arrangements and harmony within the songs.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

- show that you have extended your vocal range and flexibility, expertise and confidence
- show that you have learned the value of listening and singing
- sing within a group and sing solo
- learn new repertoire and explore new areas of music
- know what and how to practise.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

You should be enthusuastic about the idiom of soul music and blues singing. Prior vocal and musical training will be of advantage.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

Warm-up activities, breathing exercises, technical vocal exercises, learning and sharing songs. Preparing songs to sing solo. Listening, giving and receiving constructive criticism. You will learn how to maintain songs in performance; choosing songs ; song arrangement, counting in, song interpretation.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

Music materials will be supplied. You may wish to record parts of the sessions with your tutor's permission.

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?

There is a range of rock, pop, soul and jazz singing courses to consider.

Emzee Haywoode

Emzee is an experienced professional vocalist of the highest caliber who hails from a musical family. Her father Don Haywoode is the legendary vocalist, multi-instrumentalist, composer & arranger who gained critical acclaim with THE VELOURS, an American touring band whose first tour was with Ray Charles. Emzee was signed to RCA records as a recording artist and session musician and worked with an impressive array of artists such as Bo Diddley, Dr John, Mtume, Hugh Masekala, Osibisa, Herbie Hancock, Jools Holland, Barry White, Paul Weller, Lou Rawls, & Cassandra Wilson. Emzee’s influences and training is derived directly from Doo Wop and street corner singing tradition. Emzee is a versatile and rounded musician who pours her skills into her songwriting. Her first release ‘Don’t Poison Me’ on Boss Records was an underground hit and co-written with Livingstone Brown. While continuing to perform and write music, she also dedicates her energy to teaching music.

Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.