10th Annual Jazz Workshop with Mike Hall

13-19 Sept  2020

Here is the perfect opportunity to spend a week playing and learning more about jazz in a small group setting under the guidance of the highly experienced jazz tutor, Mike Hall.

Most of the week will be spent rehearsing and performing a range of jazz arrangements specifically chosen to present a variety of styles and allow us to apply different approaches to improvisation.

Here is an indication of some of the detail we will explore ….

  • The importance of rhythm
  • Developing our aural skills
  • Creating melody lines around chord tones
  • Modal approaches
  • Historical context for improvisation approaches
  • How and what to practise

But if this looks rather theoretical, let me assure you that the emphasis is on playing and having fun!

This  jazz workshop is open to all players of all instruments.

But as individual instrumental tuition is beyond the scope of this course you will need a good command of your instrument in order to gain the most from the experience (see below)

However you do not need to have had any previous experience in jazz improvisation.

The maximum number is 12 in total ensuring that the group is small with lots of time for individual solos.

There will be a low key performance towards the end of the week, providing a focus for sessions but without distorting the emphasis of all work towards the final concert.Mike Hall jazz workshop 2011

We aim to strike a healthy balance
between fun,informed tuition and a wonderful holiday in a superb region of rural France. Sessions are four hours a day leaving plenty of time for informal jam sessions,a swim,walk through the sunflowers or a visit to the local brewery.

Notes for students.

  • For wind and string players this means knowing major scales (up to 4 sharps and flats) and having basic reading skills.
  • For pianists you must either be able to read notation competently OR be able to play chords from chord symbols.
  • Drummers should know basic groove patterns in swing (4/4 and 3/4), and simple Latin grooves. e.g., Bossa.
  • Bassists should either be able to read notation OR create a walking bass line from chord symbols.

*Please note that we only have 1 piano available at the centre which will be allocated on a first come first served basis. If you wish to play the piano and it is not available, you are asked to bring your own keyboard.

*We also have a drum kit on site but it doesn’t have drums or cymbals specific to jazz so you would need to bring an jazz specific kit  with you.

*We have amplifiers for guitarists on site.