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Gypsy Jazz “Hot Club” Guitar
with Jonathan Hepbir

An exciting opportunity to make music on the acoustic guitar. Learn this dynamic and energetic style conceived in the 1930s by Sinti and Manouche gypsies and continued today by enthusiasts all over the world. Ideal for novice through to advanced players. Set in a relaxed and formal atmosphere the workshops are based on practical group participation.

Guitarists will be shown techniques applicable to a repertoire of pre-chosen tunes, typical of the “Hot Club” era.  Jonny analyses, demonstrates and teaches techniques pioneered by the legendary Django Reinhardt and his successors. During the week attendees will be advised on the skills used to play with others, with full attention given to both rhythm and solo functions, as expert players of each rôle command equal respect in the Gypsy Jazz community. Focus is on communication, timing, dynamics and most importantly the development of your individual mastery of the guitar and knowledge of this unique genre.


Learn Tricks, Riffs and Trademark Licks of the Blues Masters - with Dave Murrell

Blues and Bottleneck Guitar
Country Blues with its wide variety of fingerpicking and right and left hand styles continues to be an exciting and expressive style of guitar playing. It is ideal for solo instrumentalists, combining as it does chords, rhythms and melody lines or for accompanying vocals, harmonica etc. Even the mastery of a couple of basic techniques qualifies the novice to join in making music with the more experienced and able player - a great way to learn!

You will be shown basic rhythm patterns, shapes for chords and scales, also how to correct any old habits that you feel may be impeding your progress. For the advanced player, Dave demonstrates how to incorporate some “Jazz” material, enabling the player to gain a wider range of expression and jam over more complex chord patterns - still with a blues edge. Bottleneck or Slide playing is studied on both standard steel-string guitar and Dobro resonator instruments. Slide technique, open tunings and favourite devices used by blues masters such as Robert Johnson, Blind Willie McTell, Elmore James and Co. are covered PLUS ideas for incorporating slide guitar into jazz combo work.


Bebop, Bossa, Ballads and Beyond
This course is for those with some experience of playing jazz, or who possess some facility on their instrument in other areas of music. The syllabus covers a range of styles, techniques and the
improvisational theory necessary to become fluent in the playing of modern jazz. Chord/Scale relationships are clearly explained. Dave and Dan demonstrate a number of scales, modes and chord voicings and how to use them to improvise over jazz standards. Soloing in the style of artists such as Charlie Christian, Wes Montgomery, George Benson and Jim Hall will be covered. Guitarists and Bassists will learn methods of chord substitution and the re-harmonisation of standard tunes.

Suitable for players of semi-acoustic or electric guitar/Bass/Double Bass.


The Bass Line - with Daniel Sheppard

Suitable for Double Bass players and Bass guitarists of any ability or for guitarists who wish to try bass as a second instrument.
Dan takes students through basic to advanced techniques of positioning and tone production. You will learn how to accompany in the “Hot Club” style, walking bass lines, 2-in-the-bar, riffs, cliché lines and soloing.

These days modern jazz incorporates a wide variety of styles and this course provides the opportunity to examine the construction of Bebop,  Latin, RnB and Reggae Bass lines and how to set a “groove” working with or without a drummer.


ALL courses listed, plus classes in Music Theory, Jazz Harmony and Improvisation are covered by ONE Tuition/Accommodation Fee. AND you don’t have to follow just one subject, MIX & MATCH as you choose, attending as many sessions as you wish.




Advanced Theory and Improvisation

•        The major scale harmonised in diatonic 7th-13th chords
•        Functional harmony - including Like-Function
          Substitution, Sub. V7, Secondary Dominants,
          Subdominant Minor etc.
•        Modal harmony        
•        Patterns and scales for improvisation: Harmonic and
          Melodic Minor, Diminished, Whole-tone, Altered etc.
•        Analysis of solos, compositional techniques and

Basic Theory and Musicianship

•        Recognition of written pitches
•        Interpretation and execution of written rythmic figures
•        Aural recognition
•        Intervals
•        Key signatures
•        Diatonic triads and 7th chords
•        Practice techniques - working with metronome
•        Orientation - mastery of the fretboard
•        Pentatonic scales









Jonathan Hepbir
Dave Murrell jazz Guitarist
Dan Sheppard
Studying at Jazz Camp
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