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John Proulx

This workshop covers one of the most iconic Holiday songs, “Jingle Bells.” But in true PWJ form, we’re going to do a really fun and swinging version that you’re sure to enjoy.

The workshop covers:
-Learning the melody and syncopating it
-Reharmonizing the chords in Jingle Bells
-Playing the reharmonized chords in root positions
-Playing with a band using two-hand rootless voicings
-Learn a walking bass line with the melody and chord pops
-How to accompany yourself or someone else
-3 Intros and endings
-A sample solo using the blues scale
-The final arrangement where we put it all together!

Course Objectives
  • Memorize the Jingle Bells melody & chords
  • Reharmonize the lead sheet with tritone substitutions & secondary dominants
  • Practice a syncopated pattern
  • Embellish the arrangement with chord pops & walking bass lines
  • Review various comping techniques
  • Learn a solo, intro, and outro
Learning Focus
  • Accompanying
  • Improvisation
  • Songs

Course Lessons

Jingle Bells Swing – Lesson 2

Reharmonized Lead Sheet

Jingle Bells Swing – Lesson 3

Melody with Bass & Chord Pops

Jingle Bells Swing – Lesson 8

Playing with a Band

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