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Jonny May

In our most comprehensive jazz swing piano course, Jonny will walk you step-by-step on how to play the classic tune Autumn Leaves in a beautiful jazz swing style.

We’ll start with memorizing the lead sheet melody & chords. Then we’ll expand the left hand chords with shells & guide tones, and apply 4 common jazz rhythms. Once we master the left hand, we’ll embellish the right hand using harmonies & fills. We’ll also learn a walking bass line with chord pops for a full, rich sound. Then we’ll discover Jonny’s top 4 improv techniques and 3 line building tips, along with which scales we can use to solo over this entire song.

To finish the arrangement, we’ll learn 3 intros & outros, and then combine all of these techniques for a final arrangement. By the end of this course, you’ll be able to arrange any song in a jazz swing style!

Course Objectives
  • Learn the lead sheet melody & chords
  • Expand the chords with shells & guide tones
  • Embellish the melody with harmony & fills
  • Apply a walking bass line with chord pops
  • Discover 4 improv techniques & 3 line building tips
  • Master 3 stock intros & outros
Learning Focus
  • Improvisation
  • Lead Sheets
  • Reharmonization
  • Songs
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Excellent course
Educationally well structured course. I am a saxophone and clarinet teacher. The accompanying technology can be perfectly implemented to accompany students. Thank you Jonny! Many greetings from Germany.
Thorough fun
It was really nice how the different parts and techniques were taken apart and put together again.
Very instructiv, congratulations
I have learned so much. Jonny is a very good teacher. He speaks so clearly and the pedagogic is perfect. English is not my language, but I understand everything. Thanks a lot. Congratulations.

Course Lessons

Autumn Leaves Jazz Swing 1 – Lesson 5

Right Hand Harmony & Fills

Autumn Leaves Jazz Swing 1 – Lesson 8

Improvisation: Accompaniment & Lower Position

Autumn Leaves Jazz Swing 1 – Lesson 9

Improvisation: Upper Position

Autumn Leaves Jazz Swing 1 – Lesson 10

Improvisation: Combined Positions

Autumn Leaves Jazz Swing 1 – Lesson 11

Improvisation: Multi-Octaves

Autumn Leaves Jazz Swing 1 – Lesson 12

Improvisation: Harmonized Techniques

Autumn Leaves Jazz Swing 1 – Lesson 13

Stock Intros & Outros

Autumn Leaves Jazz Swing 1 – Lesson 14

Crafting the Final Arrangement

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