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Blues Courses
Blues Piano at Leeds College of Music
3 Quarry Hill, Leeds, LS2 7PD

Blues Piano classes in Leeds

2012 sees the introduction of two new blues piano classes in Leeds. These courses are short versions of the blues piano class Tim Richards has been running in London since the early 1990s - the first and only weekly blues piano class in the UK. This is the first time they have been offered in the North of England. LEEDS COLLEGE OF MUSIC 3 Quarry Hill, Leeds, LS2 7PD Enquiries email: bluespiano@lcm.ac.uk, or telephone Mark Taylor on 0113 222 3400. http://www.lcm.ac.uk

Blues Piano 1 (beginners/intermediate) - tutor Tim Richards Saturdays 3, 10, 24 and 31 March 2012, 1-3 pm Cost 60 (all 4 classes, separate enrolment is not possible) This crash course in the basics of blues piano is aimed at competent pianists who wish to expand their repertoire and develop improvisational skills over the 12-bar blues sequence. Some reading skills are desirable, and good left- and right-hand coordination is an advantage. You will learn a range of bass lines, left-hand patterns, accompaniment techniques and blues tunes in a variety of styles and a few easy keys. The skills learnt on this course are also a good introduction to playing and improvising jazz, should you wish to move in this direction later on. Improvising Blues Piano (Schott Music) is the recommended text book for this course.

Blues Piano 2 (intermediate/advanced) - tutor Tim Richards Saturdays 3, 10, 24 and 31 March 2012, 3.30-5.30 pm Cost 60 (all 4 classes, separate enrolment is not possible) This course is aimed at pianists with some previous experience of playing blues or jazz. We will focus on well-known pieces from the repertoire by some of the masters of blues piano, such as Jimmy Yancey, Ray Charles, Otis Spann, Professor Longhair, etc. You can expect to learn pieces in a variety of styles and keys and explore some new left-hand patterns. Help will also be given with developing improvisation techniques for the right hand. Familiarity with the contents of Tim's Improvising Blues Piano book is desirable, but not essential.

More details here:  http://www.timrichards.ndo.co.uk/BluesPianoLeeds.html
Blues piano tuition: http://www.timrichards.ndo.co.uk/bluespianotuition.html
Tim Richards Blues biography: http://www.timrichards.ndo.co.uk/bluesbiog.html
Improvising Blues Piano book: http://www.timrichards.ndo.co.uk/bluespianobook.html


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