What is the course about?
You will be introduced to the essentials of playing in jazz and Latin styles. Chord work and scales are explored within the context of jazz and blues standards.
What will we cover?
Tunes for study are chosen in order to highlight a particular aspect of jazz guitar technique:
- Chords and chord shapes
- Playing melodic lines
- Playing in different time feels
- Creating a bassline.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Demonstrate a grasp of important jazz scales and use them to improvise over chords
- Demonstrate the ability to play some jazz repertoire
- Play in time with a good sense of jazz style.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
You should be conversant with bar chords; know the names of all notes on the fingerboard to at least the seventh fret, be able to play a major scale pattern, and pentatonic scales, and have a working knowledge of chord progressions. Music reading will be of advantage. It is recommended that jazz instrumental study is supported by harmony study and ear training.
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 by tutor demonstration, class discussion, playing as a group with opportunity for individual attention and guidance. Regular targetted practice outside of class is an essential supplement to this course. Reading music notation is not essential but will be helpful. As amplification is limited, please bring an acoustic instrument.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Music materials are provided by the tutor. Bring your own acoustic guitar, and a device to record parts of the sessions. A guitar tuner is essential, pencil and manuscript paper.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Jazz guitar 2. Blues guitar.
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