Using the classic holiday song, “Let It Snow,” you’ll learn how to create a full arrangement of a lead sheet using a step-by-step process. You’ll learn each section of the song using a layering approach so you can see how to start with a very simple arrangement and add complexity with each additional layer.
This lesson will teach you “Let It Snow” and I’ll be teaching this lesson directly from a lead sheet.
I will go over the 3 steps for you to be able to play effectively from a lead sheet. The first thing we
will go over is how to play the melody of a song using “Let It Snow” as an example. This song will be used as a vehicle for learning how to create an arrangement from our lead sheets. After learning the melody you will learn the roots in the left hand and I will show you how to use them in different ways. Finally we will go over how to fill in all the notes in between the root and the melody.
This will be a step by step lesson and you will be able to build layer upon layer into your arrangement. This lesson is essential for anyone wanting to create their own arrangements from a fake book.
Willie has toured both the U.S. and Europe as clinician and performer. He is a graduate of the well renowned Berklee College of Music. He has studied in New York with Fred Hersch and in Boston with Ray Santisi. Willie has produced three recordings as bandleader and his music has been featured radio stations nationwide.
Willie is also the founder of PianoWithWillie, an online teaching website that makes it easy to learn Jazz, Blues, Gospel Piano and more online.
The PianoWithWillie method has taught students from all around the globe. By combining foundational and fun'dational elements, Willie's students are able to learn how to become a self-expressive pianist very quickly.
"I learned as a kid that the best part of learning the piano is playing the piano." says Willie. Using the PianoWithWillie method and Willie's step-by-step lessons, it is possible and easier than you think to become a pianist.