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Instructor
Jonny May
Workshop
Intermediate
01:32:56

In this workshop, Jonny uses the popular piano hymn Amazing Grace to teach you the step-by-step process of transforming a traditional hymn into the Slow Gospel Blues style.

Starting with the basic lead sheet, you’ll discover how to color the chords for a jazzier sound, add a gospel groove in the left hand, and embellish the melody with slides, tremolos & harmonies. You’ll also learn a stock gospel intro you can use on various gospel tunes along with easy improv techniques using the gospel scale.

Course Objectives
  • Learn the melody and chords for Amazing Grace
  • Stylize the left hand groove with strides and bass fills
  • Embellish the right hand melody with slides, tremolos and harmonies
  • Master a stock gospel intro you can use on various gospel tunes
  • Discover improv techniques using the gospel scale
Learning Focus
  • Lead Sheets
  • Songs
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Just what I needed
I have always been very good at playing hymns the way Jonny teaches in Lesson 2, but that style has long felt so stale to me because it’s all I’ve ever done with hymns. I wanted to know how to jazz my style up and give it soul, and this course gives me the key! I am so excited about using these concepts with other hymns. Thank you, thank you, thank you for this!!
Very good
I loved this.
Amazing Jonny
This course has helped me a lot in using theme and variation on Amazing Grace.
Learn the song and the style!
Not only do you learn the song, but some of the key elements that make it Gospel and blues. He explains everything very clearly and in-depth. This is a must-have for the repertoire.
A Soulful Adventure
Jonny takes you on a soulful, bluesy journey through this beautiful gospel version of Amazing Grace. Complete with slides and bass walk-ups, you’ll be swaying with the choir!
Featured Reviews

View PWJ member reviews of this course!

Just what I needed
I have always been very good at playing hymns the way Jonny teaches in Lesson 2, but that style has long felt so stale to me because it’s all I’ve ever done with hymns. I wanted to know how to jazz my style up and give it soul, and this course gives me the key! I am so excited about using these concepts with other hymns. Thank you, thank you, thank you for this!!
Very good
I loved this.
Amazing Jonny
This course has helped me a lot in using theme and variation on Amazing Grace.
Learn the song and the style!
Not only do you learn the song, but some of the key elements that make it Gospel and blues. He explains everything very clearly and in-depth. This is a must-have for the repertoire.
A Soulful Adventure
Jonny takes you on a soulful, bluesy journey through this beautiful gospel version of Amazing Grace. Complete with slides and bass walk-ups, you’ll be swaying with the choir!
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