Jazz Improvisation Course Summer 2012

  • 16.05.12 - 04.07.12
  • 7.30pm
  • Band on the Wall, Manchester
  • Full: £90

Week 3 of a 9 week course plus performance.

Learn and develop Jazz Improvisation techniques and style at Band on the Wall.

The course is for players (all instruments) and singers who want to learn the art and fundamental techniques of improvisation in a practical, structured and progressive course. Starting at beginner and intermediate level participants will explore easy ways into soloing, develop rhythmic improvisation skills and aural confidence. The sessions are run in groups and will be practical, supportive non-formal and relaxed!

The course is for players who have the basic skills (approximately equivalent to grade 3 and up) on their instrument, which could be anything from brass, wind, strings or voice. Reading skills are not required (though they may be helpful).

Those who are new to improvisation will learn and develop; simple ways in to playing pentatonic solos over simple changes in a way that makes it impossible to play ‘wrong’ notes; how to improve your playing by listening and internalising licks and phrases; rhythmic timing to add structure and interest to the simplest melodic ideas.

More experienced players with some improvisation skills will develop their timing, musical language, phrasing and style with more complex harmonies including cycle of fourths and simple turnarounds, more challenging keys and faster tempos.

Tutor Darren Lloyd has performed as lead and jazz trumpet with many great bands including James Morrison, BBC Big Band, and Tony Coe and is a qualified teacher and experienced workshop leader.  

The course is supported by recorded and written resource materials such as backing tracks and lead sheets to aid practice between classes.

Under 16’s are welcome if accompanied by a responsible adult.

Venue: Education Room 1 at Band on the Wall

Day: Wednesdays

Times: Beginner: 7.30-8.30 Int/Adv 8.30-9.30pm

Class Dates: May 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th. June 13th, 20th, 27th. July 4th.

Performance Date: Wednesday 11th July at Band on the Wall

Prices: Full £90, Concessions (Full time student, OAP, unwaged) £70

(Concession places are subject to production of proof of eligibility at first session)