Advanced Jazz Guitar


Five two-hour sessions January-March 2019 (Tuesdays 5-7pm) at the Globe. The next course starts on Tuesday 15 January 2019. 

The dates are 15 Jan, 29 Jan, 12 Feb, 26 Feb and 12 March.

The tutor is James Birkett, a very experienced jazz educator who has taught and inspired many fine Tyneside guitarists.

These sessions are for guitarists who can already play standard chord progressions, arpeggios and scales to an extent. Each session aims to open up access to jazz improvisation through an enhanced understanding of harmony, melody and related issues of technique. A series of concepts associated with accelerating the self-development process will therefore be covered, including:

  • Setting goals and practicing efficiently
  • Ear/hand coordination and mental imaging
  • Comprehensive scale and arpeggio knowledge
  • How to create organic, melodic improvisation
  • Comping, the expansion of chord vocabulary and chord voicing
  • Harmonic analysis, reduction and substitution
  • How to make sure you are enjoying ‘the journey’

Participants will be expected to attend all five sessions and to undertake follow-up work between each session (hence the fortnightly date schedule).

Electric guitarists will need to bring an amp.

The standard course fee is £80, and there is a discounted rate of £72 for Jazz.Coop members. If you cannot attend all five sessions you can pay £20 per session (£18 for Jazz.Coop members).

To book
To enrol please complete the form below.
To confirm your booking you need to pay for the course in advance.
You can pay in one of the following ways:
1 By bank transfer (online banking) directly into our bank account: Account name: Pink Lane Jazz Co-op Ltd, Account number: 65650408, Sort code: 08 92 99
2 By making an online payment by credit/debit card or PayPal: use the button at the bottom of this web page
3 By sending a cheque, payable to: Pink Lane Jazz Co-op Ltd, and post it to The Treasurer, 209 Centralofts, 21 Waterloo Street, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 4AL

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