Learn How To Easily Create Your Own
Full Sounding Piano Accompaniments
For Any Christmas Song.
A Jazz Christmas Music Membership Means You'll Be Making Your Own Arrangements By This Christmas.
Fellow Pianist, Do you feel frustrated because your Christmas songs at the piano sound flat or boring?
Or, maybe you're worried about having to say "no" when asked to play a song this Christmas because you haven't learned how to quickly create arrangements on the fly?
If your answer is a big and resounding “YES," then I'm happy to tell you that I have a solution for you that will likely be the best news you've read today.
First, let me tell you my story...
I Was Terrible At Creating Arrangements On The Fly!
When I was 15 years old I played my first gig. It was at a restaurant called the Wickford Inn in Rhode Island. Soon, I "graduated" up to the Red Rooster Inn which was just up the road, but a 'swankier' establishment.
I would open up my real book, play jazz standards, and sweat bullets worried that someone would ask me to play something I didn't know.
"Would I get fired if I couldn't play these songs?!?" I thought.
See, I wasn't great at reading music...at all. This meant I needed to create arrangements on the fly!
I could read chords and I taught myself how to create piano arrangements for jazz standards, but creating them 'on the fly' was a challenge.
This meant I needed to rely a lot on my ears, my knowledge of chords, and a little bit of luck to get through the gig.
I remember many nights having that flush feeling in my face; seeing those dozens of staring eyes watching me play the piano; nervous that at any moment I would be asked to pack up and go home.
Afraid of failure.
This feeling was especially strong around Christmas time.
Why? Well, when Christmas rolled around, I needed to play Christmas songs...of course!
However, since I wasn't playing Christmas songs all year round it felt like I was starting from scratch every time I looked at those lead sheets.
There were several tricks I know now that would have made my life easier...but I didn't know them at the time.
My Piano Arrangements Stunk!
Could I play basic Christmas songs?
Sure, but I was always confused by the lead sheets that had so many chords per measure. I would think "How am I supposed to play all those chords?"
I also thought my arrangements stunk!
I didn't know at the time how to create a full arrangement for these Christmas songs because I spent such little time working on these arrangements all year round.
I found it difficult to create original-sounding left hand accompaniments that weren't downright BORING.
You know those arrangements...block chord, triad, one and 5...blah! I wanted something more, something that sounded like what the jazz musicians I listened to on, yes, records were playing.
I wanted to "spice up" my arrangements by playing these songs in different styles like New Orleans, Rock, Gospel or even Disco!
But I didn't know how to change the music, what chords to choose, or what rhythms to play in order to create those different styles.
Should I have worked out these arrangements earlier in the year? Sure, I admit that. But you know how it is...time slips away until before you know it someone is asking you to play Away in a Manger.
What If You Had A System To Follow That Would Guarantee A Killer Piano Arrangement?
I had to "sweat bullets" to cobble together a jazz christmas arrangement at the piano, but you don't have to.
You can benefit from avoiding all of the mistakes I have made over the years!
After 25 years of playing professionally and teaching thousands of students, I've perfected my PianoWithWillie method to make it easy for you to learn as fast as possible without sacrificing quality or the important theory that you need to know as a pianist.
My teaching philosophy is simple:
- Teach students how to get to the 'fun' stuff without being bogged down my music theory
- Teach music theory behind-the-scenes so students learn it...without it getting in the way
I've found that my method makes it more fun and engaging for my students because they are learning right away.
Have you ever been told by a teacher that you need to learn a bunch of scales and exercises before you get to learn an actual song?
They might have you believe that learning all of those scales and exercises are necessary in order to play the song.
I've found that it's possible for me to teach all of those scales and exercises while students learn the song and arrangement.
This means my students get the benefit of learning the theory...while learning the song.
Jazz Christmas Music Membership
Here are some samples of lessons you will have 24/7 access to once you sign up!
If you want to learn how to create a Christmas arrangement at the piano that turns heads...this is the program you're looking for.
When you get your hands on these lessons, you’ll discover how to create full piano arrangements not just for Christmas songs...but for many other songs in your repertoire.
Smart pianists already know that these skills can be used anytime throughout the year and can be applied to any type of song…not just Christmas songs.
Here’s a sneak peek at what you will learn:
- How to determine which chords to play…and which ones to NOT
- Chord shells, triads and other left hand accompaniment techniques
- Rhythm, rhythm, and more rhythm for your left hand
- How to add fills and flourishes for dramatic effect
- Reharmonization techniques that the pro's use
- Bassline accompaniments and left-hand motion
- How to accompany yourself or others using these techniques
What My Students Have To Say...
"Though I'm still learning, PianoWithWillie has helped me become the pianist I am today. I can play a piano song all the way through. I have a long way to go, but I am determined to become an accomplished pianist. Thank you for giving me the confidence in myself, and the determination to keep going forward."
"Wow, talk about light being cast on the dark! I wish I had found this site before I went back to school. I didn't need a music degree. I needed this information. Thank you, Willie."
Full Arrangements Plus Techniques
Inside you'll find full, written-out arrangements of most of the songs. Some songs will teach you techniques like how to improvise over a song or change the style. Dozens of pages of sheet music are included! See an example below:
Christmas Song List
- The First Noel
- O Come All Ye Faithful
- Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire
- Baby It's Cold Outside
- O Holy Night
- Let It Snow
- Silent Night
- Joy To The World
- Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
- O Christmas Tree
- God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
- Away in a Manger
Download the sheet music and audio files in formats that work on any computer or tablet.
Learn On Any Device
Lesson videos work on any device and can be downloaded or streamed from the Internet to save on disk space!
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Students From Around The World Agree...
"I'm a music professional. I play for a bunch of churches, do studio projects, teach piano etc. I love Willie's approach to teaching and there is a lot that I've learned and am able to share with my students."
"Willie's lessons unlock the secrets of jazz harmony and improvisation for self-taught players like myself, who could never hope to get anywhere through weekly half-hour lessons. "
"After learning piano the old fashioned "old continent" european way, your site was really an eye opener to me:
-way more fun
- focus on the things I'm really interested in
- getting practical concepts to incorporate into my playing"
Session #1: Which Chords? (91 min)
Determining what not to play is just as important as learning what to play. In this module, you'll learn how to get to the "meat" of the harmony so you are stripping away all of the bad chords and exposing the harmony that is most important to the arrangement.
Session #2: Accompaniment Techniques (120 min)
This module is great for those students who want to really know how to dig into arranging a song. You'll learn how to fix wrong chord changes. I will highlight some work from other students, and I'll teach you how to put chords to just a melody. This is a really important skill!
Session #3: Digging Into Silent Night (81 min)
In this 3rd session, I'll show you how I dig into Silent Night to create a full arrangement. So many in depth concepts are covered in this session like: moving between major and minor, 2-5-1's, figuring out chords to a melody, adding in tensions to your chords, harmonizing using just 1-4-5's, creating a jazz arrangement for a song and much more!
Session #4: Fills & Flourishes (120 min)
Everybody loves the sound of piano fills. In this session I'll show you different techniques that I use in my playing to create a more dramatic effect. I'm also going to show you my tricks for moving between different styles like New Orleans blues, Rock, Gospel, New Age and even Disco! I'll give you sheet music examples of each so you'll easily be able to recreate this effect in your own arrangements.
Jazz Christmas Music is now part of Jazzedge Academy!
P.S. – I didn't get fired from my gig. In fact over the years I learned several tricks that made me a better sight reader! My advice: learn as much as you can, have fun playing music, and never stop believing in what you can accomplish at your instrument!