How do you make any progress if you only have half an hour to practice?

SHORT READ

This short course is based mainly around jazz and improvising (but with attention to sound and sonics, accompaniment and rhythm/feel) and is designed to quickly give a sense of progress, to offer an overview of all the seemingly complex harmonic, melodic and rhythmic material a good player in this genre must know, and offers a programme built of six-week self-contained, yet progressive, cycles of lessons. You can sign up for one or more ‘cycles’ at any point, or flexibly study the material in individual bespoke lessons.

LONG READ:
THE COURSE WILL:

  • Fill in any gaps in your current knowledge of the foundations (time feel and how to develop good time, chords and scales, basic line construction and phrasing, chord voicings)
  • Inspire you through study of choice repertoire – you’ll go away with enough tunes to work on for a full set – and knowing how to study further tunes to quickly expand your repertoire! Swing, Bop, Brazilian, African, Post-bop and beyond.
  • Organise your practise schedule, giving you exercises and drills as well as approaches to tunes that focus on ONE thing at a time in melody, harmony and rhythm, tailored to your own musical needs – drawing on the stated approaches of great musician-teachers like Kenny Werner and Bill Evans.

 

You will also…

  • learn what to practice, to fit your schedule, to maximise efficiency and make all this actually fun!
  • take away enough material to occupy you for a long time ahead
  • study in person with a seasoned, experienced working player who is also a seasoned, experienced teacher. Although online material is a useful supplement to personal lessons, there is no online substitute for the benefits gained from in-person study.

“Phil’s approach and methods in teaching inspired me and guided me in what areas to explore while studying my instrument. The techniques I learned for transcribing, listening and being contextually sympathetic as a musician from Phil are key aspects that have opened up professional opportunities for me as a touring musician. In addition, Phil’s deep understanding of jazz vocabulary, theory and harmony, and ability to explain concepts in a clear and tailored way are things I valued highly” – JH

Kurt Rosenwinkel ‘Reflections’ (Monk) – cadenza demonstration

Kurt Rosenwinkel – ‘Reflections’ (Monk): cadenza demonstration

John Scofield and Pat Metheny ‘S.C.O.’ – head and first solo demonstration

some free additional course material: exercises, voicings, lines etc

 

                 (TO ACCOMPANY PARTICULAR COURSE LESSONS WITHIN CERTAIN LEVELS AND ARE NOT SELF-CONTAINED MATERIAL, but you are welcome to download them!)