What is the course about?
Consolidate and develop the work covered in jazz guitar 2. Play more advanced harmony in a jazz context, and study more standards. Practise improvising over the study tunes.
What will we cover?
Allied to a study tune, we will work on arpeggios, modes & scales, chord shapes, playing a melody, improvising, rhythms for 'comping', walking bass strategy, and ensemble playing.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Learn new and challenging repertoire
- Enjoy greater facility using scales to improvise over a chord progression
- Play in time with a confident jazz style
- play with confidence, and listen, as part of an ensemble.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
In order to get the most from this course, you should be conversant with jazz chords (major 7th, dominant, minor 7th, half-diminished shapes), know the note names on the finger board up to the 12th fret, be able to play major and minor scales, demonstrate reasonable fluency at reading chord symbols and music notation & guitar tab.
You should have completed jazz guitar 2.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
You will be taught through group playing sessions, with some solo playing usually by turn. Daily guitar practice and completion of homework tasks are essential to your progress and the smooth running of the course.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
All music teaching materials will be supplied. Please bring manuscript, notebook, pencil, guitar tuner and an acoustic guitar.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Jazz harmony and ear training 1 or 2. Jazz guitar ensemble ME718a. Big Band. And gigs!
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