Jazz piano: introduction
Time: 19:00 - 21:00
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
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What is the course about?
A short course to introduce jazz playing to competent pianists. Learn language for jazz and blues, and spend time improvising in the styles.
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?
- 12 bar blues form and the blues scale
- modes of the major scale
- playing basslines
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Play 2-handed harmony for a jazz standard tune
- Understand principles of jazz harmony
- Improvise over a 12-bar blues sequence and the modal "So what".
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
Players with decent keyboard harmony and/or pop piano skills will get the most benefit from this short course.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
The aim is to practise together as much as possible. The tutor will set exercises, and you will be reading music samples and chord symbols. Some work by ear only. You will need your piano close to your computer/device.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Have manuscript paper, a pencil, and a way of relaying a backing track separate from your main device.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Pop piano or jazz piano study.
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.