When & Where

Quick Facts

  • Availability Yes
  • Tutor To be confirmed
  • Course Code W22JPMG02C
  • 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:

  • Use a method to improvise over simple jazz chord sequences
  • Know how to play in a jazz style by employing typical rhythmic, melodic and harmonic ideas in a solo
  • Gain a knowledge of the differing jazz styles such as blues, swing and latin jazz
  • Learn new scales and chords to support your ability to phrase and solo in the jazz idiom


  • Full fee
  • Concession fee
  • 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 major scales in most keys. 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 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

    Homework will be given every week and students must be prepared to spend time doing the given assignments and preparing tunes for performance in class.

    What you need

    You will need to bring your guitar 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