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Beginner Improvisation Course – Saxophones

5th March 2020

In April 2020 we will be continuing to offer small group improvisation lessons. After the success of our first series of lessons in 2019 we’re delighted to offer this beginners course again.

These lessons are:

  • Aimed at complete beginners to improvisation
  • For Soprano, Alto, Tenor or Baritone Sax Players
  • Run in a 6 week course, with one lesson per week
  • Designed to be a ‘first-step’ into improvisation
  • Starting on April 8th, 2020 (10.30am-11.15am for x6 consecutive weeks)

“I thought the jazz group was great. The numbers were ideal as it gave you a chance to hear others and have a break before your turn came round again but also not too many. 

Nick was very encouraging and great fun to have as a teacher.”

Previous attendee (2019)

More Info

Run by our resident Jazz specialist Nick Blake, this series of lessons will teach the basic building blocks of jazz improvisation. The small group setting (x5 players max) will allow for an intimate and relaxed environment to grasp the basics of blues scales, rhythm and style, and much more.

As a saxophonist Nick has performed extensively across the UK and Europe including his own works at Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club during the London Jazz Festival. He has performed with many professional bands including with Chris Smith and his String of Pearls Orchestra. In 2016 Nick joined the horn section of legendary 60’s soul singer Geno Washington and the ‘Ram Jam Band’ and has gone on to tour throughout the UK and Europe.

For many, learning to improvise and play solos is a dream. Our aim is to help get you started with the fundamentals in a way that is encouraging, supportive and educational. Unlike some ‘jam sessions’ where it can be intimidating with more experienced players, our sessions will be all held with like minded individuals all starting from the same base point.

Who Is It For?

Although the lessons are designed for people who have no improvisation experience, there are some basic playing level requirements to enrol on this course:

  • Minimum Grade 3 (ABRSM) standard playing
  • Knowledge of: G, C & D Major Scales (Alto
  • Or: C, F & G Major Scales (Tenor/Sop)

“It worked well having some theory early on but not too much. I really liked focusing on one piece and slowly adding to it as we got more confident.

The structure Nick used of going around the group each taking turns was great as you could listen to others and follow their lead.”

PREVIOUS ATTENDEE (2019)

When Does The Course Start?

The first set of 6 lessons are due to start on April 8th (10.30am-11.15am for x6 consecutive weeks). However, depending on demand/availability we may run multiple course start dates if required.

Booking & More Info

You can email Nick directly via: nickb@dawkes.co.uk, or you can use our contact form, or give us a call on 01628 630 800 if you have any queries, or would like to book your place.

The price is £90 and this is for x6 lesssons (£15 each).