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John Proulx

This course will help you master Autumn Leaves at the beginner level.

First we’ll learn the right hand melody and left hand chords. Next we’ll embellish the melody with harmony notes and learn a pre-written solo. Finally, we’ll put the hands together and play a beautiful final arrangement!

Course Objectives
  • Memorize the lead sheet melody
  • Practice the left hand chords
  • Embellish and harmonize the melody
  • Learn a pre-written solo
  • Combine all these techniques for a final arrangement
Learning Focus
  • Songs
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Great for beginners!
Not too difficult, very well explained
This was fun!
A well-structured step-by-step course in which you will learn to play this great song in no time. John is explaining everything in a concise manner. I am at a beginners level but was able to play the piece after about 2 1/2 weeks of daily practice.
Excellent course!
Beautiful melody, excellent explanation. I enjoyed the course. Thank you Professor John Proulx for explaining.
Enjoyed the practice of shells and learning to add a bluesy tone for improvisation and soloing. Spikes interest to learn more. Thanks John!
An easily attainable classic Great American Standard!
The layered steps facilitate quick assimilation of this must-have-in-your-repertoire Great American Standard. The two hand grips for the E minor blues make it fun to learn the scale, and the solo, as well as to create solos of your own.
Fun and quick to learn
John breaks down this iconic song into its basic components, making it so easy to learn. Before you know it you’ll have a jazz standard in your repertoire, complete with a solo! Very cool!
Well-paced confidence builder!
Everything is described in detail. Each step is layered in and then, suddenly, one is soloing, and perhaps creating one's own improvisation. Resist the temptation to ignore counting before the rhythm is firmly in your body, or, for your fingers to travel faster than your brain and your eyes, and you will impress yourself and your family and friends (and maybe even strangers at a public piano) in no time at all with a classic American Standard!
Just What I Needed
Love this series - taking 1 song through beginner, intermediate and advanced levels. It helps us to understand how to add complexity one step at a time.
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