Let's Play Jazz

206 TUTOR: Colin Speight (LGSM CMTA)

Have you ever fancied trying your hand at playing jazz? It is not as hard as you think. If you have been playing an instrument for three years or more, know a couple of scales and can read the odd note or two, then come along and see how Duke Ellington, Charlie Parker and Miles Davis created and improvised their music. You will learn to improvise, understand more about jazz harmony and have great fun playing some cool jazz with other course members. All instruments and singers are welcome.


3 AM
AM course

Course Notes

Improvisation may be a daunting prospect for even the most experienced musician, but as the saying goes 'when someone played a wrong note jazz was born'. Improvisation is in itself a form of spontaneous composition as practised by Bach and Beethoven and can be incredibly fun and extremely rewarding. Everyone on this course will learn to improvise over standard blues and jazz chord sequences, learning from past masters while finding their own individual voice.

Participants will need to have a minimum standard of grade 3 on their chosen instrument. Each person will go away with practice materials/ideas and the knowledge and confidence to improvise in most situations.


Brief history of Jazz. The pentatonic/blues scale, blues improvising.


Blues improvising, jazz standards, ii V I chord progressions.


Minor ii V I chord progressions, minor blues.


Bossa Nova, major/minor improvisation.


Performance techniques.

Essential equipment

Please bring your own instrument. If you are a guitarist or bassist please bring your own amp. Pianists may need to bring their own equipment depending on participant numbers.

Course Tutor

Colin Speight

Colin Speight


About Colin





Colin Speight studied Jazz guitar at the 'Guildhall School of Music and drama' in London, he then completed his 'Certificate in Music Teaching to Adults' at Goldsmiths College/University of London where he gave his final exam performance on classical guitar.

He is a busy player and educator playing jazz/blues and classical concerts all over Europe, he was an examiner for the 'London College of Music' and has been on radio 2 discussing Jazz History with Acker Bilk.





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All courses run for 5 days

WK 1 8 Jul - 12 Jul

WK 2 15 Jul - 19 Jul

WK 3 22 Jul - 26 Jul

WK 4 29 Jul - 2 Aug

Morning Courses

9.15AM to 12.15PM

Afternoon Courses

1.45PM to 4.30PM

All Day Courses

9.15AM to 4.30PM