Jazz guitar styles and techniques
Time: 18:30 - 20:30
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
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Course Code: ME717
Duration: 5 sessions (over 5 weeks)
What is the course about?
This short course will introduce you to key concepts in jazz guitar, together with a look at some of the most important performers and innovators of the genre.
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?
We will explore jazz chord sequences, classic jazz chord shapes, and useful scale choices.
We will also look at important accompaniment techniques including walking bass and chord substitution.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
By the end of the course, you’ll have a good grasp of the most important aspects of simple jazz guitar accompaniment and solo technique.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
The course is aimed at guitarists with experience of some scale playing and barre chords. If you’ve played some blues guitar and want to expand the key concepts encountered there, this course is ideal.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
These practical sessions will be delivered online via Zoom. There will be material to review and digest each week that will prepare you for the following session.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Play your guitar, acoustic or electric. Course materials will be supplied in the google classroom.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
City Lit runs a three term weekly jazz guitar course beginning in September, ME619a jazz guitar 1.
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.