Swing jazz rhythm notation
Time: 12:30 - 17:00
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
Course Code: MG994
Duration: 1 session
What is the course about?
To learn to interpret swing phrases at sight and to able to notate swing rhythms upon hearing.
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?
The rules of jazz swing phrasing and notation; recognition of phrasing; notation of jazz swing phrasing; use of dynamic and articulation markings; syncopation; dynamic rules concerning function of the phrase.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
Read a swing rhythm and know at sight how it should sound.
Notate a swing rhythm from hearing.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
You need to have a reasonable understanding of rhythm reading/notation and have an interest in big band/jazz music.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
Listening to and reading example scores; singing and clapping rhythms; writing out rhythms and dictation.
You are expected to consolidate what we have covered in class to improve your skill and dexterity.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Have manuscript paper, a pencil and a rubber.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
For more details about musicianship and music theory please visit our blog: Musicianship and music theory at City lit which lists our full sequence of musicianship and music theory classes.
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.