Holiday Piano – Track 1
Follow this Learning Track to get started with your favorite holiday songs.
Jazz Swing & Ballads
Play holiday tunes in the swing genre.
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.
Learn how to create an easy waltz-swing arrangement of Greensleeves. We explore the lead sheet, simple left hand shells, 2 waltz grooves, how to harmonize the right hand, and soloing tricks.
Learn how to play Hark the Herald Angels Sing in a jazz ballad piano style. Starting with the lead sheet, we'll learn the melody, chords, how to stylize the left hand, how to harmonize the right hand, and other jazzy techniques.
In this workshop, we're learning a swinging arrangement of Jingle Bells. We'll reharmonize the lead sheet, add a syncopated rhythm, embellish with chord pops and a walking bass line, and learn a beautiful intro/outro!
In this workshop, we're learning a jazzy arrangement of Silent Night. We'll reharmonize the lead sheet with extensions, add a swing accompaniment pattern, embellish the melody with fills, passing chords, and learn a beautiful intro/outro!
In this workshop, we'll learn a fun swing arrangement of We Wish You a Merry Christmas. Discover how to transform the lead sheet with different rhythms, bass lines, reharmonizations, and melodic fills.
Learn a beautiful Jazz Ballad accompaniment for Silent Night using rootless chords.
Learn how to play Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas lead sheet in a Jazz Ballad or Cocktail Jazz piano style using 8 essential improv techniques.
Learn how to play the classic Christmas song Winter Wonderland in a jazz piano style. We'll cover the left hand accompaniment and beautiful right hand harmonies.
Learn how to play the classic Holiday song Chestnuts Roasting On an Open Fire in a jazz ballad piano style. You'll learn beautiful jazz chords, fills, and more.
Play holiday tunes in the blues genre.
Learn a New Orleans Blues Rhumba version of Silent Night with slides, tremolos, rolls, and blues improv. If Dr. John ever got his hands on Silent Night, this is how he might play it!
Learn how to play Go Tell it On the Mountain in a gospel funk style. Starting with the lead sheet, we’ll memorize the melody/chords, stylize the left hand gospel groove, embellish the right hand melody, and learn a variety of funky gospel techniques.
A fun boogie version of Go Tell It On the Mountain with Boogie-shuffle, 2nd inversion Gospel chords, & blues-slides.
Play holiday tunes in the Latin genre.
A beautiful Latin Bossa Nova accompaniment for Silent Night. Using chord shells and a root-fifth bass approach, this rendition will have all your friends singing along during the holidays!
Play holiday tunes in the contemporary genre.
Learn Away in a Manger in a gorgeous Contemporary style. Working from a lead sheet, we discuss left hand accompaniment patterns, the right hand arpeggiation technique, and more.
Learn how to play O Holy Night in a contemporary piano style. Starting with the lead sheet, we'll learn the melody, chords, how to stylize the left hand, harmonize the right hand, and other accompaniment techniques.
Ragtime and Stride
Play holiday tunes in the ragtime genre.
Take the Jingle Bells Rag Challenge, where you'll learn how to develop the lead sheet into a super fun ragtime arrangement. Explore Rag Rolls, the Stride Left Hand, and more.
Learn a super fun Jingle Bells accompaniment that you can sing along with! You'll discover how to play "through-lines" to create a more interesting accompaniment.
Learn how to play It Came Upon a Midnight Clear in a jazz waltz piano style. We'll cover chord shells, right hand harmony, slides, fills, & turns, 3 exercises for soloing.
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With this structured Holiday Learning Track, you’ll learn your favorite holiday songs and how to apply various styles such as swing, blues, Latin, contemporary, and ragtime to each one.
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