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Following our recent courses and jazz standards, we present a new six-week Zoom course introducing the fundamental skills you will need to tackle the classic "rhythm changes" progression.
Rhythm changes originated as the chord progression of George Gershwin’s ‘I Got Rhythm’. Many classic jazz melodies have been written over this chord progression and parts of the progression, such as the “rhythm bridge”, appear in many other tunes, so this an important one to know.
We will be learning a couple of well-known tunes based on Rhythm Changes as well as covering the following:
- Analysis of the form/harmony
- Common harmonic substitutions
- Comping with shell voicings and rootless voicings
- Voice leading and rhythmic concepts
- Improvisation – arpeggios/scales, chromatic approaches, bebop scales, blues scales, motivic development
- Phrasing, Articulation and Time Feel
- Transcription and how to internalise and personalise jazz language
Like our previous courses, this course is designed for those who can already play guitar to a basic level but are perhaps new to jazz.
It is not intended for complete beginners on the guitar. You will need to at least be able to
a. Play basic major, minor and 7th chords
b. Understand how to name the notes on the fingerboard
c. Play major scales and major/minor pentatonic scales in at least one position
Each class is recorded so you can watch it again afterwards and you will be given an assignment to complete each week. During the course of each week, you will be invited to send a video of yourself playing the exercise to David Morris and will received a personal feedback email. Sending videos is not obligatory but past participants have found it to be beneficial.
The cost of the six week course is £90. There is a limit of 15 places on this course. The course will run at 4.30pm GMT for six consecutive Sundays from 26 September.
This course will be taught by David Morris. David founded the London Jazz Guitar Society in 2009. He is an experienced player and teacher, with a masters degree from Trinity Laban. For the last six years he has been living and working in Quito, Ecuador, having been invited to head the guitar department at the Universidad de las Americas, in addition to developing the music department’s jazz curriculum.