What is the course about?
Develop approaches to improvising with jazz tunes and singing over standard chord sequences. There will be regular practice in class to build your improvising confidence and expertise.
What will we cover?
- Some standard chord changes (this will require preparation) and some of the more unusual repertoire.
- Developing your ear and understanding of jazz harmony, time feel and rhythm.
- Performing solo over a range of material.
- Learning sample patterns and melodies (this will involve reading notation as well as working by ear).
- Applying the principles of improvising to your interpretation of jazz melodies.
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
- internalise jazz language, scales and patterns
- use ideas, strategies and devices to enhance your performance
- develop practice methods and establish a routine.
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 matters (e.g. major/minor scale, 6/8 time, Latin feel).
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 demonstration and practical involvement 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 device to record parts of the class would be useful.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
This is a supplementary study to any other jazz singing course.
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