Summertime – Slow Blues 2

Instructor
Jonny May
Workshop
Level 3
10

In this workshop, Jonny will walk you step-by-step on how to craft a beautiful jazzy blues piano arrangement of Summertime.

We’ll start with memorizing the lead sheet melody & analyzing the chords. We’ll stylize the chords with 3 left hand stride patterns: chord shells, rootless voicings, and lazy 10ths. Once we master the left hand, we’ll embellish the right hand using 9 essential techniques: closed position chords, punches, tremolos, chord extensions, filler scales, arpeggio runs, interval rocking, octaves, and blues slides.

To complete the arrangement, we’ll learn how to compose an intro & outro, how to create a solo using a variety of scales, and we’ll learn a sample solo from Jonny.

By the end of this workshop, you’ll have all the tools you’ll need to arrange a classic tune in the slow jazzy blues style!

Course Objectives
  • Memorize the lead sheet melody & analyze the chords
  • Stylize chords with 3 left hand accompaniment patterns
  • Discover 9 techniques for dressing up the melody: closed position chords, punches, tremolos, chord extensions, filler scales, arpeggio runs, interval rocking, octaves, and blues slides
  • Arrange an intro & outro
  • Create a solo using a variety of scales
  • Learn Jonny's sample solo
Learning Focus
  • Analysis
  • Lead Sheets
  • Songs
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