Leeds College of Music Jazz lecturers have created a series of Flash games to help you improve your jazz performance skills – using live music recorded on campus.
"The idea behind these resources is to create realistic exercises that will help you consolidate fundamental performance issues," says Jazz pathway leader, Jamil Sheriff. "Whether the exercises are focusing on rhythmic, harmonic or melodic areas of your assimilation of language, the nature of the recorded material will give you a contextualised learning experience, replicating familiar textures from a live performance setting.
"Keep working through the games to reach a high level of consistency, they will help you identify weaknesses in your understanding and design exercises of your own to build into your routine. The exercises will help you focus on reading rhythms, internalising syncopated patterns, developing rhythmic language in a band context and improving your understanding of intervals."
The games are built in Flash, which means you won't be able to play them on an iPad or iPhone, unfortunately. But you should be able to play them on your PC, Mac, Android device or Windows device, if you install the latest version of Flash.
Use the links below to access the games:
Syncopated Phrasing Transcriptions
Hemiolas in 3/4
Hemiolas in 7/4