Sing soul and blues
Time: 19:45 - 21:15
Location: Keeley Street
Course Code: MF648
Available start dates
Duration: 11 sessions (over 11 weeks)
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. This is an open level class for singers with any experience and training. It is not suitable however for absolute beginners.
What will we cover?
- Exploring repertoire and learning songs : repertoire will include Son of a Preacher Man, Good Morning Blues, Evil Gal Blues, Higher Ground, Bring it on home.
- 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.
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?
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.
Karen Lane is an Australian jazz singer based in London; she also plays piano and is a songwriter. She started her singing career as a soul/pop artist transitioning to jazz. Since arriving in the UK she has worked with some of our finest musicians including Tom Cawley, Andy Hamill, Robin Aspland, Martin Shaw, Geoff Gascoyne, Steve and Matt Fishwick, Dominic Ashworth, Gareth Lockrane, Simon Woolf, Gabriel Latchin, Steve Watts and Graham Harvey. She has found herself performing in exotic places she’d never imagined she’d see, including Sicily, Portafino, Nice, Monte Carlo, Berlin, Cape Town and Bucharest. She has a love of Brazilian music Karen performs regularly at jazz clubs around London. She has released six critically acclaimed albums to date, from Once in a Lifetime (2002) to Passarim (2018). At City Lit she teaches regular courses in jazz, soul and blues singing.
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.