Jazz vocal improvisation

Course Dates: 13/07/19 - 27/07/19
Time: 13:30 - 15:30
Location: KS - Keeley Street
Cerys Hogg

Learn some approaches to improvisation over jazz tunes, what to listen for and what to study. You should already be accustomed to singing in the jazz idiom. This course aims to increase your confidence and 'know how', and enable you to enjoy improvising. Tutor: Cerys Hogg.


What is the course about?

Develop a variety of approaches to improvising with jazz tunes and singing over standard chord sequences. There will be much practice in class to build your improvising confidence and expertise.

What will we cover?

- "describing the changes", developing a story, using rhythmic and scalic material to generate interest
- learn patterns and manipulate them until they become part of your expressive language
- interaction with other musicians and improvisers; listening to and working with the class accompanist
- use your ear and intuition : try your own ideas, get creative
- work on your sound and confidence, banish the fear of "wrong notes".

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

- have a sense of know-how and confidence
- get constructive feedback on your efforts
- enjoy being adventurous in a supportive group of musicians
- have met and used jazz language, scales and patterns
- use ideas, strategies and devices to enhance your performance.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

You should be accustomed to singing in the jazz idiom, and will need a good standard of musicianship: sensitivity to time and feel; the ability to follow (and keep up with) a chord progression; and an understanding of technical terms and musical matters (e.g. major/minor scale, Latin feel, middle 8 ).

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?

Vocal and physical warm up. Some listening to recordings and some discussion, but mostly tutor demonstration and your participation in group singing tasks and solo efforts.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

Lead sheets will be provided. A machine to record parts of the class would be useful.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

Jazz singing - various levels. A longer improvisation course will run in September, and another in February 2017.

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good course,gives the in depth of improvisation ,ear training and a very good tool for building back the confidence and increasing the vocal range.
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Review by Basha / (Posted on 15/04/2015)
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Course Code: MF986

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Sat, day, 13 Jul - 27 Jul '19

Duration: 3 sessions (over 3 weeks)

Full fee: £59.00

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