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Jazz Beginnings’ is the ideal Introduction to Jazz.

The series can be used by anyone with a basic knowledge of music

and a basic instrumental technique.

Unlimited access!!!

Play with the Backing Band, Read the notation On-Screen, or Print it out

Visit as often as you need

to all 26 podcasts and 9 tunes

Play as many times as you wish

All this for only £12.50 for 3 months access

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Replay each online lesson as often as you like

Revisit whenever suits you, and develop your jazz playing at a time that suits you.

This complete learning programme and is divided into three parts.

PART 1  – Jazz Rhythms

This first section deals with the reading and playing of jazz rhythms and gives clear examples of the

difference between how jazz looks on manuscript and how jazz sounds. Using the Blues scale, the

player then applies the rhythms to the 12 bar blues and is launched into jazz improvisation.

Jazz Beginnings 08Click to hear sample podcast from the series

PART 2  – Jazz harmony

This section describes the four main seventh chords, their construction and the way they are connected

through guide tones. A few jazz and baroque ‘licks’ are mixed together to show that the building

blocks of classical and jazz composers are exactly the same.

PART 3  – Chord Sequence

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Click to hear sample podcast from the series

This third section consists of eight chord sequences in graded steps: three 12 bar blues, three ‘I Got Rhythm

chord changes and two original compositions, completing a unique package.

This learning programme is aimed at showing you how to play jazz.

In order to achieve this you need three requirements:

(1) a reasonable instrumental technique

(2) a basic knowledge of music theory

(3) one set of ears separated by an enquiring mind

If you have been studying music for a few years, you should have Nos. 1 and 2 but the third is by

far the most important quality for playing jazz. Even if you feel that you may lack a natural skill for

improvisation, skill can be developed with practice. This programme sets out to stimulate the parts

of your brain which have yet to see action in improvised music.

Our end product then, is to produce a ‘chorus’ (ie an improvisation over a chord sequence) which

swings’. To create this instant melody you must first of all be secure in jazz rhythm and harmony.

Enjoy the Jazz Beginnings Series!

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