When & Where

Quick Facts

  • Availability Yes
  • Tutor Billy Marrows
  • Course Code W24JPMH04C
  • Suitable For 19 year olds and up are permitted on this course

What you will learn

An introduction to jazz for guitarists with previous experience playing but little or no knowledge of jazz. A great opportunity to learn about the basics of jazz harmony, improvisation, and rhythm in the jazz idiom.

Learning Outcomes

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

  • Play 4 jazz tunes in different styles, knowing the melody and harmony
  • Understand and access the basic scales and arpeggios needed to improvise over changes
  • Understand and access the basic chords needed for jazz standards and how to manipulate them
  • Play as part of an ensemble and effectively ‘comp
  • Know how to play in a several jazz styles by employing typical rhythmic, melodic and harmonic ideas in solos and comping
  • Implement effective practice and transcription methods

Class format and activities

In each term you will learn a selection of jazz standards in a variety of styles (swing, Latin, blues, modal, funk, ballad, etc), study jazz harmony and chords and explore a range of improvisation techniques. The main emphasis of the course is practical – you will take turns playing and perform rhythmic, technical, and chordal exercises suggested by the tutor. Frequent listening to jazz recordings will increase your knowledge and appreciation of the repertoire and of important jazz guitarists.

Entry requirements

At least 3 years playing the guitar in other styles. Knowledge of the major scale and major/minor pentatonic all in the E shape position (starting with root on the low E) ideally as a minimum. Familiarity with basic chord symbols (triads and sevenths). Time to practise between classes and commitment to attend every week. The ability to read music notation would be an advantage but if you can’t do that it will be necessary to at least be able to study the notated melody line using TAB and chord progressions on the handouts and / or by listening to recordings of the music at home.

What you need to know before you enrol

Clear practice tasks will be given every week and students must be prepared to spend time doing the given assignments and preparing the tunes for class.

What you need

You will need to bring your guitar and a lead to lessons. Amps will be provided if/when needed. Manuscript paper, notebook and writing materials.

What you can do next

Join one of our Jazz Guitar 1B or 1C courses