What is the course about?
This is an informal study group for able jazz players, meeting 6 times in the year to explore, discuss, transcribe and play samples of work by important jazz musicians of the last 70 years.
Meetings are on the following 6 Sunday afternoons : 27th October, 1st December, 19th January, 1st March, 26th April and 31st May.
Tutor: Tim Richards [external website].
What will we cover?
- In depth listening to jazz recordings in a variety of styles and vintage
- Transcription and analysis of recorded solos
- Application of stylistic and technical features from recordings to your own solos.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Transcribe solos with increased facility
- Apply techniques and features found in recordings to your own playing
- Display improved aural skills
- Play interesting solos.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This is an advanced level course suitable for pianists who have completed several years of jazz study. Good reading skills and a command of jazz harmony are essential.
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?
The tutor will suggest pianists, tracks, tunes and specific recordings for study, but you are free to make your own choices.
Help will be given with analysis and transcribing of solos.
Between class meetings you will need to spend time listening to and transcribing material.
Sharing of insights and techniques will be a major part of our activities.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Some material will be provided by the tutor, but you may need to purchase tracks for study, or access music on YouTube. Bring a memory stick to class. Some keyboard facility is desirable. Pianists should be familiar with 'Exploring Jazz Piano' Volumes 1 & 2 (Schott music 2005) is desirable. Bring A4 manuscript paper to class. You do not have to bring your instrument.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
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