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Classical and Jazz cohesion

I began as a Suzuki trained pianist at a very young age being taught with very high levels of...
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Ideas for Developing Improvising Language in Jazz

Here are a few exercises to work on improvising concepts in jazz. When performing, you should...
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Can Jazz Improvisation Be Taught?

A common question that I have encountered is the issue of whether it is possible to teach...
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A Must for Sight-Reading

There is a great tendency for guitarists to bypass learning to read music. Learning to read...

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  • Will Butterworth Brockley, SE4 Gold Member

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    I have been a professional musician for 15 years, performing across Britain and Europe. I love jazz and classical music in equal measure, and my goal is to help pupils discover their own individual voice, through serious, committed and joyful study.
  • Tim Fairhall London Fields, E8 Gold Member

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    I am a professional double bass player, and perform worldwide. My passion is for jazz, but I have experience in many kinds of music and enjoy helping pupils to discover their own voice on a wonderful instrument.
  • Andrew Lisle Stoke Newington, N16 Gold Member

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    I am a freelance drummer, composer and teacher based in East London. I'm friendly, highly experienced and dedicated to producing great drummers.
  • Shearer Guitar Stud Clydesdale, ML2

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    I can teach anyone to play guitar to any level in all genres. I am a very patient teacher and I believe in only teaching in a one-to-one situation for best results.
  • Alex Western-King Kidbrooke, SE3 Gold Member

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    I show great enthusiasm towards music education, and believe that everybody should have the chance to learn a musical instrument!
  • Robbie Fearon Moseley, B13 Gold Member

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    I am a freelance musician and B(Mus) Hons Jazz graduate teaching Clarinet, Saxophone and Music Theory in Birmingham. I can teach ABRSM grades as well as in a variety of musical styles. I teach all ages and abilities with enthusiasm and understanding.
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  • Can Jazz Improvisation Be Taught? Editor's Pick

    Sean Gibbs Jazz Improvisation Teacher (North London) Picture A common question that I have encountered is the issue of whether it is possible to teach someone to improvise in the jazz idiom. Whilst the ultimate goal is to be free to play one's original ideas created in the moment, it takes a great deal of preparation to get to this point. This is where I...
  • Improvisational Skills for Beginner Musicians

    Robbie Fearon Jazz Improvisation Teacher (Birmingham) Picture As a young clarinet student I learnt notes through reading music, and was not expected to question why the notes were what they were. Later on as I took my graded exams I learnt my scales. Again I wasn't taught their significance to music, and I learnt them by rote without question. I could read...
  • Practising improvisation

    Flo Moore Jazz Improvisation Teacher (South East London) Picture I studied classical piano as a child and was never taught about improvisation. It was only when I started playing jazz that I began to explore it. I incorporated improvisation into my practise in various ways. I transcribed other musicians by taking certain phrases or motifs, and transposing...

 

  • Instincts and Improvisation

    Jazz Improvisation Teacher (Brighton) Picture We live in musically amazing times. We've come full circle from the old traditional folk songs of the distant past, through the baroque, classical and romantic era and into the music of the 20th and 21st century, and we have hundreds of years worth of concepts, tonalities and sounds to play...
  • Making It All Up Editor's Pick

    Jazz Improvisation Teacher (East London) Picture 'Improvisation' is a word that seems to strike terror into the hearts of many a pupil, no matter how experienced and no matter how old. At the age of 10, I had been formally learning music for 2 years before the idea was presented to me, and I remember my incredulous reply, completely unaware of...
  • How to Listen to Jazz: a Beginner's Guide Editor's Pick

    Jazz Improvisation Teacher (East London) Picture To those unfamiliar with it, jazz music can seem confusing at first. There are often many things happening at once, and the music is often not pretty or sweet-sounding. Remember that jazz musicians are usually focused on improvising and tend to value originality and spontaneous creativity over...