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Jim Marshall Auditorium

The Jazz Experience for Beginners

  • - 12:30pm
  • Adult/15+ Course
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Course fee: £95 (£75 Students only bookable by phone or in person)

Course dates:
Sunday 13 October 
Sunday 20 October
Sunday 27 October
Sunday 03 November
Sunday 17 November
Sunday 24 November

Session times:
10am-2pm (Sunday 24 November - includes final 2pm performance)

For instrumental players new to jazz, this six-session course will help introduce you 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.

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 work towards learning a selection of well-known jazz tunes from memory, in preparation for an informal performance on the final afternoon. The tunes will be selected by the tutors to suit the range of instruments taking part, but you may find it useful to be familiar with the following scales and chords before the course. Concert pitch instruments: Bb, C, G “Blues” scales; C, Eb, F major scales. Bb instruments: D, C, A “Blues” scales; D, F, G Major scales. Eb instruments: A,G, E “Blues” scales; A, C, D Major scales Chords (rhythm section): Major7: Eb, Ab; Min7: Cm7, Fm7, Gm7, Am7; G7, C7, F7, Bb7, Eb7, Ab7, D7

The course is ideal for those that have not played any jazz before, or are looking for a basic refresher. If you are unsure or have any other level of experience, including paying some jazz before, contact for further advice.

Tea & coffee is provided.
Participants on a full day workshop or course should bring a packed lunch and other snacks.

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