Jazz harmony, ear training and ensembles: advanced
Time: 10:30 - 15:30
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: MG603A
Duration: 12 sessions (over 12 weeks)
What is the course about?
Develop your ability to hear, play and understand melody, harmonic progression, style and time feel in the jazz idiom. Detailed study of jazz standards will be supported by listening, singing activities and playing as a group.
Develop your ability to improvise well. Learn challenging repertoire. Engage in duo projects. Perform.
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?
- Exercises will develop transcription skills and explore and practise approaches to improvising
- Improvising with the voice, notating chord progressions, guide tone lines, exploring scale choice and tensions
- Practice routines will be established for ear training skills
- Explore tools and devices like forward motion, double time feel, backing riffs, guide tones, enclosures
- Look at aspects of ensemble playing such as leading, instant arranging, dynamics, presentation
- focus on listening and responding in the ensemble
- We hope to provide the opportunity to play in public at least once a term.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Recognise simple & compound intervals, natural and altered tensions over chords
- Develop short-term memory for motif, pattern, etc.
- Sing, write and use modes of major, harmonic minor, melodic minor scales, altered and diminished sounds
- Transcribe single lines and chord progressions quickly and accurately
- have mastered some challenging jazz repertoire
- Invent solo and backing ideas by ear
- Demonstrate good practice when playing in an ensemble (rhythm section or front line)
- Improve your response in playing situations
- Lead a small jazz ensemble
- show greater expertise in matters of writing/arranging.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
You should have good working knowledge of aural and academic harmony, recognition of intervals and the basic chord types (major, minor 7, dominant and half-diminished) and minor and modal harmony. You need to be accustomed to reading, playing, and improvising in jazz and Latin styles. You should have already learned some or all of the tunes cited for the Tuesday jazz course (please see the outline for MG602).
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
Almost all practical, lots of singing, transcribing musical ideas, and playing exercises and jazz standards alone and together. Weekly practice of learning tunes and improvising solos. You will also have some projects as a duo or trio.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Please use manuscript paper, play your instrument, and organise to record your playing.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Big Bands. Your own musical projects,
You may also wish to join Jazz Woodshedding and Jazz repertoire short courses.
Della has enjoyed working at City Lit for over 3 decades, teaching, managing, learning. After training in contemporary dance, Della became consumed by drama and music work. Music came to dominate, playing in bands, song writing, teaching for, and advising, the Youth Service and Adult Education. Performing and writing arrangements for pop and jazz a cappella has been a 30 year journey. So too the teaching of jazz musicianship. Gratitude is due to early mentor Amit Sen for introducing 'the jazz thing'.
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.