FROM BEGINNER TO PERFORMER
This course is designed for developing musicians with little or no experience of improvising a jazz solo with a rhythm section (piano, bass and drums) based on set chord progressions. The way the course is structured means that it’s suitable for players of melodic instruments (so not suitable for drummers, percussionists). It’s expected that participants can get around their instruments reasonably well, can play a wide range of notes but definitely do not need to be virtuosos! In terms of the exam board of the Royal School Of Music (ABRSM) in the UK then participants will need to be approximately Grade 4 or above.
The aims of the course are to help the student to:
• develop a basic understanding of jazz harmony
• begin to understand jazz history
• begin to be able to ‘think’ in different keys so as to always know the notes that will sound ‘correct’ at any point in their solo
• be able to create coherent phrases to allow the student to construct a musically structured solo
• develop the tools and confidence to sit in at a jam session, play a handful of standard jazz tunes and encourage them to develop their own jazz musicianship while having fun!
Although the course is structured over 10 weeks (you can spend as long as you wish over a 'week'!) it will be the beginning of a lifetime of enjoyment and learning.
You will find high quality playalong tracks in the player next to the PDF which makes the whole process a lot more fun! When using the tracks for the scale pattern exercises then the track title is in 'concert pitch' so make sure you choose the right one for your instrument. If you're not sure then get in touch and we'll explain how to transpose correctly for your instrument.