“Did you know Mel Tormé wrote “The Christmas Song” on a hot summer day in 1944? True story! That’s why we’re going to learn to play this popular Christmas song in a Latin Samba Style like you’ve never heard it.” -Jonny
One of the most important skills for any pianist is to create an accompaniment–be it for yourself, another singer, or an instrumentalist. That’s exactly what we’re going to learn in this course, starting with an exciting Samba Groove that runs through the entire song.
For each section of the song, you’ll learn the techniques behind playing beautiful jazz voicings. Everyone wants to make their chords sound rich and full, but how do you know which chord extensions to use? It’s all covered in the lesson. Jonny also explains how to use chord substitutions and re-harmonizations to add depth to the accompaniment.
A good accompaniment can make or break a performance for the lead playing the melody. With these techniques and more (e.g. pedal point, arpeggios, and vamping), your accompaniment will make the melody soar.
Jonny shares all the underlying principles and formulas so that you can apply these ideas to other songs. Get ready to heat things up this Christmas with this Latin Samba accompaniment to Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire!
This course is designed for Intermediate to Advanced players.