Jazz piano 2
Time: 14:00 - 15:30
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
Course Code: ME622
Duration: 12 sessions (over 12 weeks)
What is the course about?
Learn to play and improvise over standard tunes in swing and Latin syles. Develop the strategies and skills covered in jazz piano 1, and expand your repertoire of tunes.
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?
- Essential playing material : Real book tunes
- the minor key II V I cadence
- Harmonically interesting chord changes in turnarounds
- Modal tunes and modal playing
- Approaches to improvising
- How to practise and what to practise
- keeping time well - use of a metronome.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Play regular standard tunes in major/relative minor keys
- Solo over this type of standard
- Build intros, create basslines
- Comp (accompany) effectively
- Demonstrate a clear understanding of how to play in swing and Latin time.
- play with other people.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
You should have completed Jazz piano1, or have otherwise learned to use "shell" voicings for II V I cadences in all major keys.You need experience of listening to jazz piano and the ability to understand and interpret 7th chord symbols in standard lead sheets. You need to be confident in your use of modes of the major scale.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
You will be taught through tutorial input with appropriate individual help / advice and practising to rhythm section backing tracks. Mostly you will play as a group in these online classes, using your own piano. You will be encouraged to make recordings of your practice and post to the google classroom.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Play your own piano, and please have manuscript paper and a pencil.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
You can progress to Jazz piano 3 and/or Latin piano.
Angèle Veltmeijer is a multi-instrumentalist who plays flute, clarinet, saxophone and keyboards. She enjoys playing a wide variety of musics, from folk to jazz and circus to West African highlife. She has performed and toured in Europe and Africa, playing in venues ranging from the Royal Albert Hall to many local venues. She has played live and recorded with Ivy Benson, Orchestra Jazira, Brian Kennedy, Annie Whitehead, Jimmy Somerville, Carol Grimes, Bessa, Alfred Karri Bannerman, Bob Graham, and Big Bands including lead alto in Morley College jazz orchestra, Studio 9 Orchestra, Sussex Jazz Orchestra, Brighton Big Band. Her own ensembles include Angèle Veltmeijer Quartet and Angel’s Horns. Angèle composes and arranges, and her music has been played and recorded by several of the line-ups she has been associated with. Angèle learned to play the saxophone at City Lit with Kathy Stobart whose firm yet compassionate teaching has remained an inspiration. Angèle enjoys passing on the thrill of making music. At City Lit she has taught saxophone, flute, jazz and pop piano, musicianship, jazz improvisation and transcription.
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.