What better way to end a term than with a jam? Saturday September 23, a bunch of students from our combos did just that.
From term 3 of this year (2017) we’ll be running a new combo for school-aged beginners. At the moment the day and time are TBC – that will depend on what suits a quorum of members. All the musicians in the current ‘beginner’ groups aren’t beginners any more, so we need a new combo for […]
From time to time we meet young musicians who are about to finish high school and aspire to study at one of the reputable tertiary jazz schools but are taken aback and disappointed when they don’t get past the audition. Why not? After all, they were one of the best musicians at their school, even […]
Sometimes well-meaning teachers will tell you that “the most important thing is that you just have fun”. Of course you should enjoy playing jazz, but learning how to do it, and getting good at it, will sometimes involve hard work that, well, may not seem fun at the time. Famous jazz players aren’t famous because […]
By Saul Richardson. You are not meant to play most Fake Book/Real Book tunes exactly as written. One of the most widely-used resources among jazz students are so-called “Real Books”. Real Book is more-or-less a pun on “Fake Book”, a collection of rough lead sheets for jazz or popular songs. The Real Book first appeared […]
Do you play an instrument? Would you or your child age 8+ like to join a jazz band where you: a) play great music? b) learn how to improvise? c) learn the ways of jazz? d) play with other like-minded, enthusiastic and talented musicians? e) progress through a program with one of the best track […]
The next school holiday improvisation workshop will be Monday 23 September – Tuesday 8. It is for intermediate and more advanced students who already have a background in jazz improvisation. It will run over two days. Content will be tailored to the needs and experience of the group, but in general here are some of the […]
by Saul Richardson. The traditional way of teaching and talking about scales is to play them up or down from the root note. Of course this is a useful and important starting point. But for novice improvisers there is a better way to think about scales. Try having them think of the root note, or […]