Transcribe jazz solos
Time: 14:00 - 17:00
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
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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.
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?
- 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).