• Jazz Guitar Summer School
  • NSJ New Timetable from October 11th - December 20th 2014
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Jazz Guitar Summer School Monday 25th to Friday 29th August 2014 at Blueprint Studios Salford

Join us to improve your jazz guitar and improvisation skills in a friendly, relaxed and inspiring environment. The jazz guitar summer school will run for five days from 11am -5pm each day and focus on a different aspect of guitar playing daily. On Thursday and Friday, we will be joined by a rhythm section for more performance based activities. There will be a maximum of 10 players ensuring personalised and focused learning.

Monday- Friday

11-12am Aural and transcription 12-1.30pm Warm-ups, scales, arpeggios and intervals 1.30-2.00pm Lunch 2.00-3.30pm Improvisation, repertoire and performance 3.30-5.00pm Special session

How to Practice - create your own personalised practice schedule for the Autumn based on a range of different approaches and techniques.

Guitar Harmony for voice leading, comping and chord solos - make your own chord solos over a well-known standard and learn how to accompany well.

Guitar Ensemble- this is a great opportunity to play orchestrated arrangements of standards with other guitarists.

Sight Reading for the Guitar - how to practise and improve your single line and chord reading

Substitutions and Reharmonisation - an introduction

The cost is £150 for the week and includes all materials. Please bring a packed lunch and a flask each day. Alternatively, the Eagle Inn is two minutes away.
Contact Kathy Dyson on: 0794 130 1799 for further details or via the
Contact page, or drop us an e-mail at: kathy.dyson@ntlworld.com
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NSJ Saturday School for Adults Blueprint Studios Salford

The NSJ Saturday School for adults brings together players of similar levels and goals in a effort to develop as jazz improvisers whilst working on core jazz repertoire. The morning is devoted to preparation for improvisation, and the afternoon, to putting it into practice. All classes are workshop based, highly interactive and take place with the instrument in your hand! Participants are welcome to register for one, some or all of the sessions held each week. Costs are £12(1hr) for individual workshops, £30 for morning or afternoon sessions (3hrs) and £40 for all day (6hrs). Tuition fees are paid termly in advance. You can phone Kathy Dyson on 0794 130 1799 if you have any questions or queries or contact me

Saturday Adults October 11th - 20th December 2014

(10wks missing out 25th October)

11-12am Ear training;
12-1pm Technique for improvisation;
1-2pm Transcription;
2-2.30pm Lunch;
2.30-3.30pm Jazz Improvisation 1;
3.30-4.30pm Jazz Improvisation 2;
4.30-5.30pm Jam session;

Description of the classes

Ear training
This class develops a deep understanding of jazz music aurally through listening, singing and playing. Jazz harmony and theory are learned through sound and directly absorbed into the body via the voice and through the instrument.

Technique for Improvisation
Progressively, we will learn diatonic major and minor scales, chord families, triads, intervals, arpeggios, motifs and patterns, and relate them to the ear- training program, the transcription and the learning of repertoire. Rhythm studies will improve technical facility and enable you to make more dynamic improvisations.

As a group, each week we will transcribe a melody or part of an improvised solo and use elements of it to create new material. This part of the process is especially important for improvisation and we encourage students to transcribe for themselves at home.

Jazz Improvisation 1
Jazz Improvisation 1 focuses on memorising basic jazz repertoire and using the knowledge and skills from classes above to work on improvisation. The process starts with extemporisation and rhythmic variation, then progresses to simple harmonic improvisation.

Jazz Improvisation 2
Jazz Improvisation 2 focuses on memorising more sophisticated repertoire and includes more theory and analysis as the basis for improvised lines. This class is appropriate for any player who wants to work in more detail on jazz ‘language’ , understanding chord changes in context, and developing a stronger voice as an improviser.

Jam Session
The jam sessions enables you to try out new ideas and to improve your performance skills in a relaxed, informal and supportive atmosphere. Repertoire can also be refreshed, ensemble skills developed in this session and it provides a satisfying finale to the day.