What is the course about?
A short course to extend your Blues playing, for competent pianists. Expand your blues language, and spend time improvising in the style.
What will we cover?
- 12 bar tunes of the challenging sort e.g. "Straight, no chaser" (Monk)
- blues scale "licks"
- creating and playing strong basslines
- right-hand improvisation technique.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Play 2-handed accompaniment for a singer or instrumentalist
- Understand the principles of blues harmony
- Improvise over a 12-bar sequence.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
You should have a good working knowledge of standard blues progressions and have used blues scale in several keys. Players with decent keyboard harmony and/or pop piano skills will get the most benefit from this short course.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
Each player will be at a digital piano, the aim is to practise together as much as possible. The tutor will set exercises, and you will be reading music samples and chord symbols. Some work by ear only.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Please bring manuscript, pencil, and an audio recording device (optional).
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Pop piano or jazz piano study. You may also be interested in Contemporary Music Ensemble, Jazz Ensembles, and general musicianship classes.
General information and advice on courses at Build is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details