What is the course about?
Learn to play and improvise over jazz standards in swing and Latin syles. Develop the strategies and skills covered in jazz piano 1, and expand your repertoire of tunes.
What will we cover?
- Essential playing material that is 16-24 bars in length
- the minor key II V I cadence
- the 'turnaround'
- Modal tunes and modal playing
- Approaches to improvising
- How to practise; what to practise
- keeping time well.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Play regular standard tunes in major/relative minor keys
- Solo over this type of standard
- Build intros, create basslines
- Comp (accompany) effectively
- Demonstrate a clear understanding of how to play in swing and latin time.
- play with other people.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
You should have completed Jazz piano1, or have otherwise learned to use "shell" voicings for II V I cadences in all major keys.You need experience of listening to jazz piano and the ability to understand and interpret diatonic chord changes in standard lead sheets. You need to be confident in your use of the modes of the major scale.
You will need to follow written and verbal instructions in English and engage in class discussions.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
You will be taught through tutorial input with appropriate individual help / advice and practising to rhythm section backing tracks. Mostly you will play as a group in class at digital pianos.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Please bring manuscript paper and a pencil and a device to record class if you wish.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
You can progress to Jazz piano 3 or Latin piano.
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