Course dates: Sundays 27 January, 3 & 10 February, 3, 10 & 17 March 2019, 10am-1pm; end of course performance Sunday 17 March 2019, 2pm
For instrumental players new to jazz, this six-session course will help introduce you to the language and repertoire of jazz. With the help of expert tutors you’ll work through activities and play in both small and large groups, all designed to help you begin to understand the roots of jazz and how to begin playing it.
You’ll also work towards learning a selection of well-known jazz tunes from memory, in preparation for an informal performance on the final afternoon. The course is open to players of piano, guitar, bass, drum kit, brass, reed or woodwind, but numbers of rhythm section instruments (bass, drums, guitar, piano) are limited in order to balance the bands.
You’ll also be directed to some listening examples before the course and will need to be familiar with the following scales and chords:
Concert pitch instruments: Bb, F, Eb ‘Blues’ scales; Bb, C, Db, D, Eb Major scales
Bb instruments: C, G, F ‘Blues’ scales; C, D, Eb, E, F Major scales
Eb instruments: G, D, C ‘Blues’ scales; G, A, Bb, B, C Major scales
Chords (rhythm section): Major7: Bb, D, Eb; Min7: C, D, Eb, G; 7: Bb, C, Eb, F, Ab