When & Where

Quick Facts

  • Availability Late starts accepted
  • Tutor Multiple
  • Course Code W23JPMA04B
  • Suitable For 19 year olds and up are permitted on this course

What you will learn

As Rhythm Section players we spend 80% of our time on the gig, comping and accompanying others, where as spend 80% of our time practising soloing! This course concentrates on rhythm section playing, each players role in the band, how to comp behind soloists, bass solos, how to play as a rhythm section, how the greats do it! Designed for Pianists, Guitarists, Bass players and Drummers who are keen to develop their rhythm section skills. Drummer Flavio Li Vigni will be co-leading 3 sessions a term.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Be confident of your role in the rhythm section
  • Identify and replicate comping rhythms
  • Be comfortable playing on beat and off beat motifs
  • Memorise and recall forms and chord sequences of numerous standard tunes.
  • Have fun playing in the rhythm section.


  • Full fee
  • Concession fee
  • Class format and activities

    The classes will be a mix of listening and playing. To reinforce and advance the work we did last term, I am aiming to introduce new standard tunes, Swing and Bossa nova, groove.We will listen/ discuss and try to use the comping rhythms of some jazz greats to improve our playing.

    Entry requirements

    Piano Players and guitarists : 2 different voicings, able to read through and play a lead sheet, Bass players: able to confidently walk through a lead sheet, Drummers knowledge of/ keen interest in the jazz idiom.

    What you need to know before you enrol

    If you are unsure whether this is the right course for you, please contact the tutor at the email address below.

    What you need

    Bass and Guitar: BYO instrument and lead. Amps, Pianos, Drums all provided

    What you can do next

    Join one of our other jazz courses. Speak with your tutor