Day #3 | Wednesday 20th April (Intro to Jazz Day)

Special Interest

The class were given an introduction to Gypsy Jazz as part of todays jazz style focus.

It Don’t Mean A Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing)

– Download the chord voicing sheet: It Don’t Mean A Thing Chord Voicing Sheet.pdf

Session #2

After our morning coffee break we learnt a simple jazz arrangement of ‘Amazing Grace’. This arrangement harmonises parts of the melody with jazz chords – maj7, min7, dom7, alt7, to give a mild jazz vibe to the piece.

Richard works with Michael on the jazz arrangement of 'Amazing Grace'

Richard works with Michael on the jazz arrangement of Amazing Grace

The class get the lowdown on the 'Amazing Grace' jazz arrangement

The class get the lowdown on the Amazing Grace jazz arrangement

Session #1

This mornings numero uno session began with the warm ups (physical/technical) and we worked particularly at the spider style chord exercises that is very good for for stretching fingers across the strings.

Spider Chord Exercises

Spider Chord Exercises

– Download this sheet: The Spider Chord Exercises.pdf

We also covered a selection of jazz chords preparing us for our second session of the day.

C Major Chord Connections

C Major Chord Connections

– Download this sheet: C Major Chord Connections.pdf

These chords allowed us to harmonise the C Major scale and build a chord from each degree of the scale:

C Major7 D minor7 E minor7 F Major7 G Dom7 A minor7 B minor7b5

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About Richard Perkins

Richard Perkins is the founder of Bath Guitar School and has worked for the International Guitar Foundation, Brit Awards, Rockschool, B&NES Council, Mid Somerset Festival, Bath Music Plus, and appeared on BBC and ITV television and radio programming as well as being featured in Guitar Techniques, Total Guitar, Venue, Bath Life magazines and the Bath Chronicle newspaper. Richard is a graduate of the Commercial Music degree programme at Bath Spa University and has a HND in Popular Music from Oxford College.
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