My online jazz workshops run once per month on Wednesday evenings for approximately 1hr at 7:30pm (UK time), usually on the first Wednesday of each month. They are hosted live on Zoom and include a Q&A session at the end of each class.
Each class offers an in depth study of a particular recording of one classic jazz tune. I break down the music into manageable sections and we learn how to improvise a solo using the ingredients found in the piece.
I use all my own materials and parts which are usually a transcription from the original recording or an arrangement of my own. Downloads also include warm ups and exercises to develop the skills required and some harmony/theory explanations, plus my own custom made play-along tracks. No Real books or Aebersolds/Hal Leonards/iReal Pro tracks are ever used.
By the end of each class you should have a good understanding of how the piece works and a clear strategy for your improvised solo.
The workshops are aimed at beginner to intermediate players and anyone is welcome to join by signing up below.
Please sign up below and follow the check out procedure to pay by VISA or PayPal. After you check out you will receive an email containing a PDF invitation which has all of the links required to join the class and get the downloads.
Admission is £10 and includes all of the class resources
(full band parts, handouts, custom made play-along tracks)
Every workshop is recorded and added to my library of video lessons which can be purchased separately. All of the video lessons also include all of the class resources and you can see a short preview of each video for free. Please click here for more information.
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Book your place now, download all of the class resources
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The class resources are hosted on google drive.
If you need help using google drive please watch my youtube video
which explains the system and shows you how to download the resources.
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Weds 17 Aug 7:30pm
On Green Dolphin St
This 1958 landmark session is the first time Bill Evans recorded with the Miles Davis Sextet and laid the groundwork for the masterpiece "Kind of Blue". In this workshop we'll be looking at polychords (slash chords) over a tonic pedal, ii-V-I sequences, turn-arounds, the use of upper extensions to spice up the flavour, voice leadings and the super locrian mode.
Free samples from past online jazz workshops
Clip #53 So What - Using internal arpeggios to create melodies with modes
Clip #52 Sister Sadie Using an alternative choice to the Blues Scale for a different flavour
Clip #29 (Little Sunflower) Using the Lydian mode
Clip #31 (Sack Of Woe) Sequencing Motivic ideas over Parallel Harmony
Clip #23 (All The Things You Are) Changing Notes and Common Tones
Clip #24 (The Preacher) How to improvise with voice leadings
Clip #28 (Bernie's Tune) Gerry Mulligan lick
Clip #32 (Mercy Mercy Mercy) Simple Solo Ideas using the Phrasing of Joe Zawinul
Clip #37 (I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel...) Using a voice leading to outline chromatic harmony
Clip #47 (A Night In Tunisia) Generating bebop language with chromatic approach notes
Clip #44 (Big Chief) Applying cross rhythms to scale patterns to generate solo ideas
Clip #43 (Caravan) Use of Rythmic Displacement on Wynton Marsalis' recording of Caravan
Clip #33 The "Islands of Sound" concept for Modal Jazz and bitonality on Cantaloupe Island.
Clip #27 (Freddie Freeloader) Analysis of Miles Davis' Solo on Freddie Freeloader
Clip #26 (Summer Time) Enclosures and how to use them on minor triads
"Lessons with Buster are very inspiring, he makes you feel that anything is possible and he gives you the tools to set you up to try. When he is teaching you can tell he wants the very best for you. He always has interesting and varied material and he moves at a pace to suit your skill level. His experience and patience ensures that every lesson will be both enjoyable and rewarding. I have had some terrific lessons with him at workshops and will definitely be signing up for some of his online teaching."
Ann - tenor saxophone
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Peter Horah - tenor saxophone and flute
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Gavrielle - guitar
"Have just had my first experience of online drum lessons with Buster, and I have to say I’m very impressed with the quality not just of the teaching, but of the set-up. The sound was good, and the view of the drum kit was very useful and clear. If you’re at all sceptical of online lessons, don’t be -
I was pleasantly surprised, and looking forward to my next lesson!"
Hilary Martin - drums
“I met Buster for the first time at one of his jazz workshops which I attended to develop my chromatic harmonica skills to include some jazz numbers into my performances. This was a new experience for me and as a first-timer I found Buster to be an extremely good teacher, with clear explanations and demonstrations of the scales and note progressions, for the tune we were learning that day. He was very encouraging to all the attendees, whatever their level of experience”
Ross Jacques - Chromatic Harmonica
"I have been going to Buster’s workshop sessions for some time now and his teaching skills are brilliant. He somehow makes what is seemingly complicated, understandable and simple and, more to the point, as a saxophone player, his teaching gets the music coming out of my horn - no mean feat! His knowledge of jazz is encyclopaedic and gives us students great understanding of how the music we are working on is constructed and developed by whichever jazz master we are studying. Every workshop or lesson he gives is underpinned by clear, straightforward teaching materials. Buster is able to accommodate with great patience, whatever level a student is at and is very encouraging and supportive. He also has a great sense of humour and an inexhaustible fund of stories and jokes! I am definitely going to continue my musical learning during this period of “social distancing” with Buster’s online lessons. Can’t recommend him highly enough!"
Lorrie Benwell - Tenor Sax
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Tom Wiles - Drums
"I have had the pleasure of attending many of Buster's workshops. He explains jazz theory really well and his enthusiasm is infectious. I always come away feeling I've learnt a great deal - and had a lot of fun in the process."
Matt Male - tenor saxophone and flute
"Buster’s many years of professional playing and teaching all ages, make him a superb teacher. Whatever your abilities or difficulties, he has great techniques for progressing your skills and knowledge. His love and enthusiasm for music and music education combine with kindness, humour and patience to make every lesson a great experience."
Ian Rowe - Guitar and Piano
"I have been attending Buster's jazz workshops for a few years and was hooked from the start. Buster is friendly and approachable and is able to support and coach a group of really mixed ability and personalities. He ensures that every student takes away something to work on and has had an uplifting and positive experience. Buster is unfailingly enthusiastic about his subject and communicates this to the whole group. His sessions have been the most enjoyable and useful I have been privileged to attend since I started to try jazz."
Wendy - piano
"Both my daughters have been taught drums and piano by Buster over the years. He is an absolutely inspiring teacher, I wish he was around when I was learning to play drums. He is an incredibly empathetic teacher and always gets the best out of the sessions he delivers. Lately the online teaching has been a real godsend as we are all unable to meet at the moment. My daughter Isabella (15) is having weekly online piano lessons with Buster. These have been flawless and have gone without a hitch. Isabella has really enjoyed them and has made great progress. She is looking forward to being able to go back to the normal teaching methods, but the online sessions have been just as good as one to one lessons. I can highly recommend Buster he is an incredible musician and teacher."
Jason Dibley - Drums and Piano