Workshops and Teaching

I have just been asked for my teaching CV so here it is.
John Russell has given workshops in free improvisation for Bedfordshire Education, The Cheltenham Jazz Festival, Offene Ohren Munich, Ivan Illich School Bologna, Centro Cultural Sao Paulo and as offshoots to his own Quaqua projects. He has also taught Jazz guitar at the City Literary Institute and worked in youth and adult education schemes for the London Borough´s of Camden, Harringey, Westminster and Wandsworth.

Workshops in free improvisation are generally open for players of all abilities and any instrumentation and can be tailored to suit the circumstance. In general subjects include listening, the nature of sound, ways to interact with other players, the nature of free improvisation, getting the most from your instrument and optimising your capabilities. A number of participatory exercises and structures evolved from working with other musicians are used in a practical way to highlight different aspects in the music and the overall structure is built towards a live performance programme.

Guitar tuition, from beginners to advanced, can be in one to one private lessons or in larger groups, the emphasis being on general technique and approaches to playing rather than specialising in any one particular stylistic genre.

Also workshops on specific guitar playing approaches for the free improvising musician involving all aspects of playing and ways of mapping the instrument for a better understanding of its capabilities. This involves some prior knowledge and is ideally for musicians of at least an intermediate standard. A blackboard is useful for this and students are advised to bring a notebook and pen.

To get the best from a two hour workshop in either free improvisation or free improvisation on guitar no more than around 20 students is recommended at each session.