Richard Michael’s Jazz School

Dear Friends

Welcome to my new, streamlined website.

Here you will find my

  • guide to jazz piano - “Jazz Essentials”
  • guide to playing the Blues - “Beginning the Blues”
  • rhythm games for teachers - “First Steps”

and everything is available to you for just £10!

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And even more exciting is a series of “Richard’s On-line Jazz Weekend” sessions where I will be running online jazz weekends for beginner, intermediate and advanced players of all instruments.

Off to a great start with my Beginner's Jazz Weekend -on January 23rd and 24th 2021 - Now Sold Out!! More Beginner's Weekend dates to be announced.

Since lockdown last March, I have taught hundreds of students of all ages through my work with the Benedetti Foundation, St Andrews University and the Fife Youth Jazz Orchestra. From my music room in Kirkcaldy I now record and edit all my sessions for BBC Radio Scotland’s “Jazz Nights” and have become as familiar with technology as I am improvising a fugue (easier than the technology!)

Beginner's Jazz Weekend - 23rd -24th January 2021 - SOLD OUT!!!

Intermediate Jazz Weekend Feb 20/21 2021 Only £45 for 4 sessions over the weekend.

For more information re times and cost, click on the “Jazz Weekend” menu at the top of the page

Enjoy the music, stay safe but in my world of music remember that “Mistakes are Cool”.

Why not join the growing number of players around the world benefitting from my 45 year's worth of studying, playing educating and living jazz. Whether you are an aspiring player looking to expand your jazz knowledge, or a teacher looking for ideas for classroom activities, you have come to the right place. In here you will find many videos and audio files with lessons, hints and tricks to help you master the basics of jazz. Play along, watch the lessons as many times as you need. Download the sheet music, play along and watch.

Jazz School - Access all areas - Just £10

During the current Covid 19 pandemic we have decided to give access to all our resources bundled together for the crazy one-off price of £10.

Yes - Just £10

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Jazz Essentials

Jazz Essentials is my method for learning to improvise from the basement up! Just as when you build a house you begin with laying the foundations, so in my Jazz Essentials you learn the fundamental building blocks for playing jazz. 

I promise that if you follow these guidelines (and not missing anything out!) you will have at your disposal the tools of the improvisor and the necessary knowledge to play a jazz solo. How well you do this depends on your own musicality and application, but it has been my experience as Musical Director of Fife Youth Jazz Orchestra for over 40 years and as the Honorary Professor of Jazz Piano at St Andrews University, and leading workshops at the Wigmore Hall and Jazz Courses up and down the country that anyone who takes the time to practise these examples will be able to play jazz to some degree.

Each lesson builds on the lesson before and therefore your musical vocabulary will grow with the colours you acquire through understanding each concept before you move on to the next. Please, don’t be in a hurry – playing music is a lifetime’s work , and not something acquired without careful thought. My mantra is “Mistakes are Cool”, and that to play music of any kind you must be prepared to make mistakes and enjoy them – that’s how we learn! (Musicians who are surgeons are exempt)

Jazz Essentials - the essential building blocks to playing jazz piano. We are sure you will enjoy the series and hope you spread the word. Have fun!

Here is a quick taste of the Jazz Essentials Series.

The whole lot for just £10

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First Steps

This series of audio podcasts is packed with rhythm games, performances and improvisation on simple themes, aural explanations of key musical concepts, and a beginner's guide to harmony.

This series has been designed to allow teachers to play the podcasts to the class and simply encourage them to participate. There is no need for the teacher to make lesson notes or lesson plans - just play the podcasts.

Split in to 4 separate learning sections the First Step series is a fantastic resource for classroom teachers and community group leaders to get kids clapping, stomping and grooving through the basics of rhythm, beats, and grooves.

Here are example podcasts from 'Walkin' a Groove' covering 'displacement'

Walkin' a Groove 13
Walkin' a Groove 14

Yes, all for just £10

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‘Beginning the Blues’

An introduction to Playing the ‘Blues’ by teaching a simple ‘Blues Head’.
This exciting 5 part series covers the Blues Scale, Minor Pentatonic, Bass Notes, Chord tones, Chord Substitution, Repeating the Head, Myxolydian Scale, BeBop Scale, Dorian Scale, and more…..

Don't panic!! this looks harder than it sounds!

Play as many times as you wish. Play along with the Backing track.
Unlimited access to this Exciting podcast based Training Resource.
Beginning the Blues taster

It's All Music Folks! - coming soon!

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