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Jazz Guitar Coaching Classes (Adv. Level)

Coaching classes for Jazz guitarists.

Description

The Jazz Guitar coaching classes are intended for continuing learners with advanced performance skills from Grade 7+. 

These classes are suitable for former Junior RIAM students, or musicians new to the RIAM community, with a min. Grade 7+ in Jazz guitar playing.

          

The emphasis in this course will be on further developing your jazz guitar skills (technique, styles & improvisation) as well as form, harmonic analysis (repertoire and transcriptions), melodic development, and playing both unaccompanied and as part of a rhythm section.

In addition to the 12 hours of group activities, participants will receive an hour of designated 1:1 time with the tutor (to be scheduled individually).

The coaching classes are widely intended for acoustic/semi-acoustic jazz guitar coaching. RIAM does not supply amplifiers. 

However small portable amps can be brought by participants (as approved by the tutor) for occasional use at room volume levels.

  

Benefits for participants:

- Expanding your performance skills

- Working on individual and ensemble skills, listening to and supporting each other

- Improving your personal presentation skills on stage

- Gaining confidence through live performance in front of peers and others

 

And finally,

Upon completion of the 12 classes you will have the opportunity to present your newly acquired skills and techniques in an end-of-course concert-style performance for peers, invited friends and family, showcasing the outcome of your journey.

There are no mandatory exams or assessments as part of the Coaching classes. 

 

Please note:

RIAM does not provide instruments.

Prerequisites

Participants must be 18+

Advanced performance level (Grade 7+) in Jazz Guitar.

Participation may be subject to previous verification of performance level.

Tutors

Bradley Johnston

As a professional educator, Bradley is currently a member of the specialist teaching team on the Young Musicians Programme (Centre for Advanced Training) based at The Glasshouse International Centre for Music in Gateshead, UK, and freelance peripatetic tutor across the North East. He specialises in jazz guitar (both plectrum and finger-style techniques) and theoretical and practical approaches to improvisation. He has taught in a variety of settings: from primary education, to further and higher education, through to adult education, and works across the full range of jazz, folk, popular, rock and commercial music styles. Furthermore, he has led multi-instrumental workshops on jazz and improvisation.

Bradley holds a First Class BMus (Hons) degree in Jazz, Popular and Commercial Music, PGCE teaching qualification, and a Masters (MMus) degree, and has over 13-years performance experience playing at professional level with national and international artists, including Rick Taylor (Elton John & George Michael), Andy Sheppard and The Jazz Passengers (Debbie “Blondie” Harry), Tim Garland (Chick Corea).

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