Starts: 11 Jan 2022
Blues Piano 2C
What you will learn
By the end of this course, you will be able to:
- Perform a number of blues pieces in a range of styles and keys
- Improvise convincingly in the right hand
- Accompany yourself with a variety of left-hand patterns
- Display a wide knowledge of different blues piano styles
Class format and activities
Playing and improvising blues in various keys and styles in the company of other like-minded pianists. Time will also be spent listening to and copying masters of the genre, and there will be scope for individuals to pursue their own study projects, perhaps focusing on a particular pianist, left-hand style or genre, eg: boogie-woogie, New Orleans, jazz, gospel, funk, etc...
Several years of blues piano study/experience are recommended – plus ideally terms 1 and 2 of this course (classes 1–4). The ability to keep time and good coordination between the hands is important. Familiarity with pieces and topics from the tutor’s book ‘Improvising Blues Piano’ (Schott Music, 1997) will be beneficial.
What you need to know before you enrol
This is an online course.During the gap between classes you will be expected to prepare at least one performance piece, together with other tasks set by the tutor. A commitment to regular, focused practice is essential.
What you need
This is an online course, therefore you will need access to a personal computer/laptop/ipad with working internal microphone and camera, and decent internet wi-fi connection. You will also need to have and basic IT skills, in order to be able to access and use effectively the online material, eg. the online platforms for the live sessions and shared material. Ahead of the first session, you will receive information about the exact format and length of the live part of the course, together with guidance on how to access the relevant platforms. During the first session, you will receive guidance from your tutor about how to access the online course material, such as recordings and sheet music.Manuscript book and pencil, ‘Improvising Blues Piano’ book, USB memory stick or blank (recordable) CD, audio recording device (optional).
What you can do next
Jazz Piano 3 or Jazz Piano 4 at Morley (Wednesday evening).