Transcribe jazz solos
Time: 14:00 - 17:00
Location: KS - Keeley Street
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Course Code: ME628
Duration: 6 sessions (over 21 weeks)
What is the course about?
This is an informal study group for able jazz players, meeting 6 times across 6 months to explore, discuss, transcribe and play samples of work by important jazz musicians of the last 80 years.
Meetings are on the following 6 Sunday afternoons : 24th October, 21st November, 12th December, 16th January, 13th February, 13th March.
What will we cover?
- In depth listening to jazz recordings in a variety of styles and vintage
- Transcription and analysis of recorded solos
- Application of stylistic and technical features from recordings to your own solos.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Transcribe solos with increased facility
- Apply techniques and features found in recordings to your own playing
- Display improved aural skills
- Play interesting solos.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This is an advanced level course suitable for instrumentalists and pianists who have completed several years of jazz study. Good reading skills and a command of jazz harmony are essential.
You will need to follow written and verbal instructions in English and engage in class discussions.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
The tutor will suggest tunes and specific recordings for study, but you are free to make your own choices.
Help will be given with analysis and transcribing of solos.
Between class meetings you will need to spend time listening to and transcribing material.
Sharing of insights and techniques will be a major part of our activities.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Some material will be provided by the tutor, but you may need to purchase tracks for study, or access music on YouTube. Some keyboard harmony facility is desirable. Students should be familiar with 'Exploring Jazz Piano' Volumes 1 & 2 (Schott music 2005).
Tim Richards has been a presence on the UK and international jazz scene since the early 1980s. He started with classical piano lessons but was lured to jazz and blues by hearing Thelonius Monk and Otis Spann. He has performed with Spirit Level (1980s and 90s) and more recently Great Spirit, Tim Richards Trio, and Tim Richards Hextet. He also composes in a variety of genres and ensembles. Tim has over thirty years' experience of teaching jazz piano, blues piano and improvisation. He teaches privately, in workshops and in schools, colleges and universities. He has published books on learning jazz, blues and Latin piano (Schott) and is a lead consultant to the ABRSM on its jazz piano syllabus and exams.
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.