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Instructor
Jonny May
Course
Intermediate
02:05:01

Learn a fun swing arrangement of O Christmas Tree.  Discover how to transform the lead sheet with swing techniques like shells, slides, fills, & tremolos, plus learn to improvise over it.

Course Objectives
  • Learn a Jazz version of the classic, O Christmas Tree
  • Master the Melody and Chords while adding Swing and Color to this holiday classic
  • Explore adding Chord Shells, Fills, and Arpeggiation
  • Learn a fun Intro, Tag, and Bluesy Soloing techniques
Learning Focus
  • Improvisation
  • Lead Sheets
  • Songs
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Lots of fun
it amazing how Jonny teaches the secrets of Jazz ... and suddenly a common Christmas tune like o Christmas tree sounds so great. Looking forward to learning more stuff like this.
My first solo!
Difficult, but impressed myself by completing my first jazz piano solo. Baby steps 🙂
Great way to learn and practice a lot of different concepts
I started this course because I wanted some structure as I dust off my holiday tunes. It was really a lot of fun, with a solid left hand rhythm, disc of soloing, and even a reharmonization at the end. Easy to hold my interest and kept my playing along!

Course Lessons

1
O Christmas Tree 1 – Lesson 1
19:29

Lead Sheet Melody & Basic Chords

2
O Christmas Tree 1 – Lesson 2
30:16

Left Hand Chord Shells, Swinging the Melody

3
O Christmas Tree 1 – Lesson 3
27:14

Harmonizing the Melody, Swing Variations, Slides, Fills, Tremolos

4
O Christmas Tree 1 – Lesson 4
14:53

3 Intro Options, Improvisation Scale: F Bluesy Pentatonic

5
O Christmas Tree 1 – Lesson 5
33:09

Creating Phrases in Your Improvisation, Outro, Final Touches

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