Brighton Jazz School Post Christmas Weekend
Date : 3rd and 4th of January 2015
Time : 11am - 5pm
Place : The Brunswick (1-3 Holland Road, Hove, East Sussex, BN3 1JF)
Course Fee : £99 single ticket or £180 for two
Post-Christmas Jazz Weekend Course
What better way to blow out your post-Christmas blues by working to take your jazz improvisation to the next level. Join course tutor Wayne McConnell and like minded musicians on a two day course that will aim to speed up your progress as a jazz improviser. It is also a great way to be gently introduced to jazz improvisation if you have had no or little experience. Our approach is very holistic and hands-on. No difficult theory or sight-reading, just the opportunity to develop your ears and luxuriate in a bath of the rich sensations of jazz improvisation. We welcome all instrumentalists of all ages and levels. This would make the perfect Christmas gift for your loved one. In fact, come along yourself and pay just £180 for two tickets. Start the year off in style by exploring your potential as a jazz improviser!
The course will be focusing in on how to solo effectively and authentically over simple chord progressions. As it is for all levels, I will be presenting material for absolute beginners up to the more advanced. I say this because I do not want to beginners to feel out of their depth. I truly believe that everybody has the ability to improvise in music. This course represents the first baby steps for many of the students attending. The thing to remember is that it is completely normal and OK to make mistakes. I'm a professional Jazz Musician and I make mistakes every single night I'm playing. The more experienced you get, the better you become at covering up the mistakes. So, nobody in the room (including the teacher) is the perfect musician. This art is about as subjective as it comes. So the only rule is: If it sounds good, it is good. If it sounds wrong, try not to do it again. The basic philosophy behind this music is essentially that. Yes, there are lots of technical things to learn about harmony, melody and rhythm, very complex concepts and 'rules' but the more we know, the more we try and get away from those concepts and break the rules. So along with your pen and paper, but please bring an open mind and a willingness to try things out and make mistakes. Everybody, including me is in the same boat. I don't want anyone feeling like they are not good enough or out of their depth because it simply isn't true.