Swing jazz rhythm notation

Course Dates: 12/12/20
Time: 12:30 - 17:00
Location: Online
Angele Veltmeijer

Do you struggle to negotiate reading and writing in swing time? This online session aims to help you hear and steer in swing feel. Students must be accustomed to playing jazz.

This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.


What is the course about?

To learn to interpret swing phrases at sight and to able to notate swing rhythms upon hearing.

This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
- Earphones/headphones/speakers.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.

What will we cover?

The rules of jazz swing phrasing and notation; recognition of phrasing; notation of jazz swing phrasing; use of dynamic and articulation markings; syncopation; dynamic rules concerning function of the phrase.

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

Read a swing rhythm and know at sight how it should sound.
Notate a swing rhythm from hearing.

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

You need to have a reasonable understanding of rhythm reading/notation and have an interest in big band/jazz music.

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

Listening to examples; singing and clapping rhythms; writing out rhythms and dictation.
You are expected to consolidate what we have covered in class to improve your skill and dexterity.

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

Have manuscript paper, a pencil and a rubber.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

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.

Tutor Biographies
We’re sorry. We don’t have a bio ready for the tutor of this class at the moment, but we’re working on it! Watch this space.

Book your place

Course Code: MG994

Sat, day, 12 Dec - 12 Dec '20

Duration: 1 session

Full fee: £39.00
Senior fee: £39.00
Concession: £24.00

Or call to enrol: 020 7831 7831

Any questions? music@citylit.ac.uk
or call 020 7492 2630

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