Swing Low - The 101 Authentic Nashville Piano Style Course

Learn Chords, Songs and Piano Improvisation in the Style of Floyd Cramer
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  • Lectures 15
  • Length 1 hour
  • Skill Level All Levels
  • Languages English
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Published 1/2014 English

Course Description

Play the song "Swing Low" on piano and improvise like the American Hall of Fame pianist of the great era of pop music: Floyd Cramer, who played together with artists like Elvis Presley, Roy Orbison, The Everley Brothers and many more.

In this course you will learn the important basics for a professional piano playing. While I show you how to play Swing Low, from the very beginning, I´ll explain you

  • important fingering techniques,
  • the chord structure of the song "Swing Low Sweet Chariot",
  • simple and more advanced left hand accompaniment techniques,

and of course we´ll focus on the 101 Nashville Piano Style with its three main features:

  1. the special upper voice
  2. the famous slip notes, and
  3. the yodle notes

Learn the historic song "Swing Low" which was interpreted in so many different ways, and play it in an exciting new and fresh way.

When you go through this course, you will have learned to apply the Nashville Piano Style , which is the bottom line for adaption to your own style, and for improvising in this style.

With the subscription of this course you also get the sheet music of all presented examples.

What are the requirements?

  • Daily practice time of about 15 minutes
  • Piano or keyboard (minimum 49 keys)

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Get to know the features of the NASHVILLE PIANO STYLE and apply the rules to songs
  • Learn to play "Swing Low Sweet Chariot" in Nashville Piano Style
  • Learn left-hand-accompaniment techniques
  • Learn important fingering techniques
  • Get new motivation for the achievement and application of your own musical style and expressions.

Who is the target audience?

  • Piano players (from beginner to advanced intermediate) who want to get better at the piano and who want to know one of the most famous piano pop music style

What you get with this course?

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30 day money back guarantee.

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Certificate of completion.


Section 1: Introduction
Motivation Video
Section 2: Swing Low: The Basics

Learn the melody of "Swing Low, Sweet Chariot" and apply a rational fingering.


Learn the harmonic structure of "Swing Low, sweet Chariot"

3 pages

With the help of the sheet music you are better able to analyze what you have learnt, and to practice.


Learn different voicings with the left hand.

2 pages

With the help of the sheet music you are better able to analyze what you have learnt, and to practice.

Section 3: 101 Nashville Piano Style

In this lecture you learn the first characteristic feature of the Nashville Piano Style


In this lecture you learn the second characteristic feature of the Nashville Piano Style


In this lecture you learn the third characteristic feature of the Nashville Piano Style

3 pages

With the help of the sheet music you are better able to analyze what you have learnt, and to practice.

Section 4: Bringing it All Together
Left Hand: Rhythmic Accompaniment

Listen to this version of "Swing Low" in half tempo, and read the sheet music of lecture 14. It will help you to analyze the Nashville Piano Style of this song.


Listen to the final version of Swing Low. It combines everything you have learned in this course. Review all previous chapters, and then try to play - first very slowly - similar versions. Also, take the sheet music of lecture 14 to analyze what you are hearing here. Read it in parallel with the listening of this version.

4 pages

With the help of the sheet music you are better able to analyze what you have learnt, and to practice.

Section 5: Epilogue
1 page

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Instructor Biography

Peter Janzen, Physicist, Music Pedagogue

Peter Janzen is Doctor in Physics (Univ. of Cologne, Germany) and Music-Pedagogue (Univ. of Siegen Germany).

After years working as university scientist he changed his area of activities and became Physics- and Music-Teacher in Germany and in Spain. He lived eight years in Mexico as principal of a big International School. Later he went to Cairo, Egypt as School Coordinator for the German Schools in Middle East.

The imparting of his knowledge has always been one of his main aims - in physics as well as in music.

The musical philosophy of Dr. Janzen, packed in three sentences, is: "Music forms the essence of life, for everybody – that´s a culture independent reality. But this musical essence of life will emerge and come to real bloom only, when you practice improvisation: Singing, dancing, playing improvised music will really free your mind and will unfold your musicality."

Today many persons in different parts of the world remember how they learned from him, practicing North American Minimal Music, German Folksongs, Indian Ragas, Top Twenty Pop Songs, and many other music styles. They began with him, without having had a previous musical education. Some of them are now successful musicians. Many of them practice music privately.

Now Dr. Janzen is Senior Consultant in Culture and Education and has begun to produce didactical videos about his areas of expertise.

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