Jason awarded Bachelors Degree !
With great pride and excitement, I hereby announce that my Diploma in Jazz Studies is being upgraded to a Bachelor of Musical Arts !
I'll be attending the graduation ceremony in Christchurch on the 19th of September, and performing on the Cook Strait Ferry there and back to pay for the crossing ;-)
Lessons which were set between the 18th and 21st of September will need to be rescheduled, so please email or call if you need to make arrangements.
Have a rocking week !
Make it your own !
I love it when I go to see an artist who plays their famous material live just a little differently to the record. Or a lot differently. It makes me think they are looking at things with fresh eyes, and that they arent content to "parrot" their material. It makes it more interesing and fun to be surprised ! As an avid listener before I even began to learn an instrument, I found that live albums were sometimes more exciting and engagin than the studio versions. For me, any great performance contains an element of surprise. A good example is the Eagles acoustic live version of Hotel California, it has a completely different approach to it, and sounds wonderful. I've been inspired by "The Song Remains The Same" from Led Zeppelin, Steely Dan's "Alive in America", and by Deep Purple's many live releases, as well as "Alchemy" by Dire Straits, "Pack Up The Plantation" by Tom Petty, and Pink Floyd's "Delicate Sound of Thunder". The list could go on. They all show the band as great live players, not just studio guys. To be excellent at both, well thats simply inspirational. When I play live, I never try to do the same thing twice with my original material, and if Im doing covers, I attempt to inject something of my own take on the material. When we play jazz, we always attempt something fresh - but that approach should be taken to any form of music. My encouragement to everyone today is, when you play music, make it your own !
Theory Classes !
The Theory of Contemporary Melody and Harmony- Music theory taught by Jason Wilcox.
A user-friendly introductory guide to the mechanics of music. This course will teach you how to understand
melody and harmony. You will learn aspects of notation, chord voicing, harmony and some arrangement
skills. We will cover scale and chord construction and how to interpret chord charts, as well as look at come common
chord changes in music. We will learn how to use key signatures, time signatures and cover basic notation.
Time - 4-530pm
Sunday July 6th and 13th
Taught in two parts, 2x90 minute sessions.
Location - Rockland Creative Music Centre - 18a Bombay Sy, Ngaio, Wellington.
You will need - clearfile, manuscript paper, pencil, eraser and a clipboard.
Cost $40 for the 2 sessions, includes light refreshment at halftime.
Spaces limited, rsvp to