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Discover and enjoy playing the huge variety of Jazz rhythms -  Latin, Bossa Nova, Salsa, Swing, Contemporary Jazz -  and how to approach odd meters.


Resident: £349 Non-Resident: £256 (25% off for under 27s) Code: 22/260

Booking for Members opens at 11am on Monday 9 May 2022. 

Non-Member and online booking opens at 11am on Monday 13 June 2022. 

For details on how to become a Member to take advantage of early booking, see here.

What is the course about?

International jazz performers Marco Marconi and Simone Gubbiotti lead this course offering all instrumentalists the opportunity to explore the many rhythms in Jazz. 

In recent years rhythm has become a preponderant aspect of modern Jazz both in composition and in the approach to traditional jazz standards. The recent trend of fusion between different genres has dramatically increased the opportunities to use different rhythms in ensemble and solo playing.

The course will cover many of these aspects, covering talking about a variety of Jazz rhythms such as Latin, Bossa Nova, Salsa, Swing and Contemporary Jazz and discussing how to approach odd meters.

Topics will include how to be creative rhythmically during a solo with dedicated and special preparatory exercises.

Tutor websites: www.marcomarconi.com www.simonegubbiotti.wixsite.com/simonegubbiotti

What will we cover?

Various Jazz and Latin rhythms

How to improve rhythmical skills

Rhythmic creativity

Odd meters

What will we accomplish? By the end of this course you will be able to…

Show development of your rhythmical awareness and knowledge of different genres and styles in modern Jazz, and be able to create beautiful rhythmic solos.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

Rhythm is the basis for all music, so the course is designed for every instrument and every level from beginner to advanced.

How will the course be taught, and will any preparation be required?

The course will be taught mainly by the two tutors together with practical exercises and performances for the students. 

Will music be provided in advance of the course?

Music will be provided by the tutor on the course.

Is there anything I need to bring?

If you are a guitarist or double bass player, please bring an amp and cable.

What previous participants said about jazz courses at Benslow…

“You will have lots of opportunity to play jazz and improvise, and receive helpful guidance, whatever your standard.”

“Friendly, supportive. Informative.”

“This is a good introduction to jazz improvisation in a relaxed environment, playing beautiful well-known jazz standards.”

“Marco is an inspirational and dedicated teacher making sure that everyone was engaged and valued.”

“I enjoyed the whole course and Marco is an engaging tutor.”