Starts: 13 Sep 2021
Jazz Piano 3A
What you will learn
By the end of this course, you will be able to:
- Play the melody of several standard jazz tunes
- Improvise in the right hand, with left-hand accompaniment
- Accompany others by playing bass lines
- Follow a chord chart
- Be more confident playing with and in front of others
Class format and activities
The class will be held in a keyboard room; each student has their own digital piano. Two acoustic pianos are also available for those who wish to play duets. 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 chord voicing, and explore a range of improvisation techniques from 'Exploring Jazz Piano' Vol.1. The main emphasis is practical – you will play together and in turn, and perform rhythmic, technical, and chordal exercises suggested by the tutor. Frequent listening to recordings will increase your knowledge and appreciation of the repertoire, and of important jazz pianists. Topics covered this term include:
• Major and minor triads and their inversions
• Bass lines (two-feel, walking, Latin)
• Natural and harmonic minor scales
• Pentatonic scales (major and minor)
• Technical exercises (scale patterns, arpeggios, broken chords)
• On/off rhythms, syncopation and coordination
• Swing quavers
• The cycle of fifths
• Ear training (recognition of intervals).
Some previous jazz experience (e.g.: Jazz Piano 1, Jazz Piano 2 or Blues Piano 1) . 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. Some music reading ability.
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
Recommended text: Exploring Jazz Piano Vol. 1, by Tim Richards (Schott Music 2005), available from all good music shops, from the tutor, or in Morley Library. You may also wish to check out the online YouTube videos linked with the book: https://goo.gl/DY7S9v
What you can do next
Jazz Piano 3B and 3C, then Jazz Piano 4 (3 terms).