Day #3 | Wednesday 1st June | Intro to Jazz Day

Today was a half-day with some students visiting La Rochelle after lunch and the others staying on-site and jamming through the material covered in the first three days – Texas blues, classic rock (Sunshine of Your Love) and Jazz (Satin Doll).

Session #2 – Style Focus

The class learnt how to play Duke Ellington’s ‘Satin Doll’, which uses a sequence of ii-V chord movements.

Satin Doll

A) || : Dm7 G7 | % | Em7 A7 | % | Am7 D7 | Abm7 Db7 | CMaj7 | % : ||

B) || : Gm7 C7 | % | FMaj7 | Gm7 C7 | Am7 D7 | % | Dm7 G7 | Em7 A7 : ||

Satin Doll – Joe Pass

Session #1 – Technique Expander

After the class had run through their physical and technical warm up exercises we looked at building chords suitable for jazz standards.

Short hand chord symbols:

  • C Major 7 – CΔ
  • C Dom 7 – C7
  • C Minor 7 – C-7
  • C Minor7b5 – Cø7
  • C Diminished – Co

Jazz Chord Grips

The black dots denote the root of the chord, i.e. C at fret 8 or A at fret 5 of string six.

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About Richard Perkins

Richard Perkins is the founder of Bath Guitar School and has worked for the International Guitar Foundation, Brit Awards, Rockschool, B&NES Council, Mid Somerset Festival, Bath Music Plus, and appeared on BBC and ITV television and radio programming as well as being featured in Guitar Techniques, Total Guitar, Venue, Bath Life magazines and the Bath Chronicle newspaper. Richard is a graduate of the Commercial Music degree programme at Bath Spa University and has a HND in Popular Music from Oxford College.
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