Intro to Jazz

We’ll look to breathe new life into classic pop, folk, country, rock and blues tunes by turning them into lovely soft jazz pieces. Strumming (comping in Jazz vernacular) and soloing (blowing, ditto) over iconic songs as well as covering a couple of jazz standards.

The course focuses on the hobbyist’s favourite subject – chords. Beneath a melody line you have harmony created by chords. We look at ‘everything’ you’ve ever wanted to know about chords: how to name them, chords in any key, lovely substitutions, extensions and inversions to use, cool progressions to spice up your tunes, how to find new fingerings and much more.

We’ll look at a bit of practical theory to help explain the make-up of chords and how they can fit together; there are always any light bulb moments on this one and the material covered is applicable for all styles from Rock to Blues, Country to Jazz.

All of the chords and progressions will be explained and demonstrated through the use of classic songs – so you’ll expand your repertoire on top of learning to embellish the songs you already know.

As with all our courses, there’ll be non-stop playing using some great tunes throughout; this is a technique-focused course with tons of tunes and a little  theory.

The course is suitable for most players and you’ll certainly add to your repertoire on this one. Lots of extra tools to plop into that guitar toolbox to bolster your  confidence and improve your playing. If you can play open and some basic barre chords then you’re good to go.

We take things at a steady pace with lots of breaks to stretch the legs and backs and get some air into our lungs and generally have some quiet time to take in what has been taught and time to discuss it with the other hobbyists. The course is as much about having a fun, sociable weekend as it is about improving your guitar playing.

Acoustic, electric and bass guitar players of average-and-above level are fine for this course. There are no hard and fast rules about course suitability but a beginner would struggle here. Contact us if you’re not sure.

Course Overviews – check out our ‘What you should know’ section. Available on request.

Prep Sheets: Available on request to course goers prior to the course.

Whatever level you’re at, you’ll have lots of takeaways to work on later. Call us for a chat at any time.

This course is invaluable – learn how to transform a song you play regularly into a cool, soft jazz piece.


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