A full understanding of the Blues as it is played.
In this course the group will learn and master 3 blues tracks which vary greatly in terms of rhythm, key, chord changes, feel, and mood.
In this way, we will cover
This course will be suitable for you if:
The course is designed to lead on from the previous two courses, 'Lead Phrasing' and 'Blues Technique', although more experienced players may be able to join this course and get a lot from it.
The materials will be presented in the form of three example backing tracks, set rhythm and melody arrangements for group work and written notes/ diagrams on approaches to soloing. For example, when we look at a tune with alternative chords, we will discuss how to use arpeggios or altered scale tones to 'make the changes'.
The three tunes are ordered in progression of difficulty, with one being introduced per session for the first three sessions. The final two sessions offer a chance to develop and practice with the group both your own solos and your group playing skills. You are encouraged to record your own improvisations at home to keep track of your progress and assess your own playing. Tips for recording yourself at home will be given during the sessions.
You will need to know (as a minimum)
We recommend that this course is taken after the preceding courses, 'Lead Phrasing' and 'Technical Training', although it may be suitable for more experienced players.
There is no upper-limit to the skill level of this course, as even experienced players will be pushed to their edge of their ability.
If you don't meet the requirements for this course, then consider taking 'Blues Basics', the foundational course which gets you started playing the Blues.