For musicians who didn’t necessarily grow up with staves and clefs, or indeed anyone who is sick of them, Dave Hall’s course on “Jazz, pop and busking” is a life-saver.
For pianists who grew up with traditional notation, the world of chords and base lines is as beguiling as it is intriguing. For jazz and pop pianists, traditional notation might well feel cumbersome and inaccessible. But there’s merit in both approaches, and Dave Hall attempts to level the playing field by introducing classical pianists to chord notation and improvisation, and helping pop and jazz pianists decode the mysteries of ledger lines and accidentals.
Dave’s sessions will include: “Reading chords quickly – lead sheets and notation”, “Texture – constructing bass lines and finding the best voicings”, “Melody – improvisation and composition” and “Rhythm and groove – making your performance convincing”.
In between David’s sessions, there is time for private practice on one of our beautiful acoustic grand pianos and Dave will drop in regularly to see how you are getting on. We have a large range of music available to borrow during the courses, and its a lot of fun to rummage through and test out your sight reading.
This course is designed for anyone who can play proficiently by ear, or is an upper intermediate if they’ve had classical piano lessons (so roughly grade 4 – 8 standard). For anyone who doesn’t have access to a piano, you’re welcome to come a bit earlier on Friday and dust off the cobwebs before everyone else arrives.
This course is being run by David Hall (FRCO, MA Cantab).
For booking enquiries, please contact Emma on 01580 428080 or fill in the form below.