Time: 10:30 - 12:00
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
Course Code: ME913
Duration: 5 sessions (over 5 weeks)
What is the course about?
A jazz approach to clarinet playing. In these sessions you will learn to listen to jazz and play in the style. Repertoire will include classic tunes such as "All of me", "St. Louis Blues", "Georgia on my mind" and "Little Sunflower".
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.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.
What will we cover?
- clarinet technique: sound production, articulation, and jazz phrasing
- chord/scale relationships (harmony) and guide tones
- playing standard tunes with backing tracks or piano
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- have improved your understanding of how and what to practice and listen to
- have increased your understanding of chords and scales and how they relate
- be more confident about interpreting jazz tunes
- be more confident about soloing over a chord sequence
- have learned some jazz terminology.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
You will need a working knowledge of major and minor scales and arpeggios on the instrument. Students should have completed clarinet level 3, and more experienced players will benefit from this course if they are new to playing jazz.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
With tutor demonstration, music handouts and playing your clarinet along to piano accompaniment or backing tracks. Some reference to guide recordings. Some improvising with guidance and encouragement.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Play your clarinet, and have manuscript paper, pencil and eraser. All music materials will be available in the google classroom.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
City Lit offers clarinet courses up to advanced level and ensembles.
You may be also interested in Jazz harmony and ear training, and improvisation in classical music styles.
David Harrison studied at Oxford Brookes university before taking a post-graduate diploma in saxophone performance at Guildhall School of Music & Drama. David has been teaching at City Lit since 1994. In 2004 he wrote a guitar player’s guide for Collins and joined Music Sales in 2005 to update the famous A Tune A Day tutor series, eventually producing over 40 titles as series editor of the relaunched A New Tune A Day books, which has since become the biggest-selling music tutor series worldwide. Since 2010, David has worked freelance writing, editing and producing mainly educational titles, including Abracadabra Beginning Theory (Collins Music); The Complete Ukulele Player (Music Sales) and most recently the Bob Dylan Complete (Hal Leonard), the authorised collection of every Dylan song, together with an extensive introduction covering Dylan’s acoustic guitar technique, his song-writing and Dylan’s place in the American folk music revival. Aside from his guitar and saxophone classes, David runs a course in song writing. a series of talks on the music of The Beatles, and a series on the songs of Bob Dylan’s 1960s albums.
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.