Time: 18:15 - 19:45
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
Course Code: MF652
Duration: 10 sessions (over 12 weeks)
Note: Course starts today, check start time
What is the course about?
We will explore the blues form and sound and message. Open your understanding of the blues form, develop the vocal style, and have a chance to write and perform. Repertoire will include Mustang Sally, Little red rooster, Nobody knows you when you're down and out, Sweet Home Chicago, You don't have to go....
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?
Research and listening to the blues catalogue, old and contemporary.
The form : 12 bar mainly, but also 8 and 16 bar blues.
The rhythmic feel : swing or funk.
Phrasing and improvisation.
Call and response.
Performance : find ways to unlock emotion and expression in the voice.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
Identify main exponents of the music and find reference recordings.
Find your musical way around the 12 bar form.
Sing a blues with credibility.
Take away your original lyrics.
Sing with appropriate expression and style.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
You should have an established singing technique to participate fully in this workshop. Experience of jazz or pop singing is a distinct advantage. Be prepared to be challenged when you sing as a group, on your own, or take part in improvisation.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
Sessions will begin with a vocal warm up and workout, set in the singing style apt to the course.
You will follow demonstration by the tutor. You will need to devote some time between classes to the blues writing task.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
All course materials will be available in the google classroom.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
This is an associate study to jazz/rock/pop/soul singing courses.
Swiss-born Colette has been teaching singing for thirty years in all sorts of musical styles from rock and pop to jazz, from total beginners to advanced levels. She has taught at various colleges around London and Southend and has worked at City Lit since 1994, teaching a variety of singing courses. For the past six years she has also been teaching musical style singing to 6-18 year olds at a theatre arts school. Colette trained as a pianist from a young age and in her early twenties she studied various courses from jazz and pop singing, drama and studio recording at Goldsmiths College. This enabled her to build her own recording studio, where she still spends a lot of her time perfecting her songwriting. Being a performer, singer songwriter and musician playing piano and guitar gives her a unique outlook and connection with her students. She enjoys teaching and encourages her students to explore new territories and express themselves to get in touch with their inner selves. Her experience and background enables her to relate to her students, giving her a great advantage as a teacher.
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.