Advanced Jazz Guitar


Five two-hour sessions September – November 2018 (Tuesdays 5-7pm) at the Globe. The next course starts on Tuesday 18 September 2018. 

The dates are
18 September
2 October
16 October
30 October
20 November (yes that’s right, it’s 3 weeks later)

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

These sessions are aimed at guitarists who have established a reasonable level of facility. Topics covered will include:

  • Technique
  • How to practice
  • The structure concept
  • The interpretation of chord symbols
  • Harmonic analysis and substitution
  • Comping
  • Improvisation

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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