How to compose a Jazz piece
This tutorial is aimed at musicians without a background in jazz
About this course
There are several ways to approach a jazz composition and this is one ‘method’ that my students have had a lot of success with at GCSE level. This tutorial is divided into clear, easy-to-follow sections, with integrated listening tasks and practical activities for you to do on your instrument.
I’ll guide you through the process of creating a jazz piece from thinking up the first melodic idea to putting making a recording. I’ll compose alongside you, using the 12-bar blues chord sequence as a basis, so that you can see the process and then try it for yourself.
A couple of quick tips for getting the most out of this course:
- Don’t be afraid to add your own ideas and ‘twist’ to make your piece unique!
- I’ve used Sibelius notation software to create my piece but you can use any programme, including a DAW (such as Cubase, Logic, Garageband etc) – the musical process is the same.
Who is this course for?
This course is aimed at GCSE (or equivalent qualifications) students.
- compose a jazz melody
- develop the melody
- compose a bass riff
- create a 12-bar jazz chord pattern
- structure a jazz piece
- compose a jazz solo section
- write a piano part
- arrange your ideas for a jazz ensemble
- make a recording of your piece
Unlimited Access for 12 months
Access this course as many times as you like for the next 12 months for a single price.