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Skip to 0 minutes and 9 seconds This is going to be an important little juncture for me because I’d like you to indulge me at this point. This is section 12 of session 12 (week 12) and I’d like to play for you “Autumn Leaves” with a playalong. I’d like to play it without the constraints of trying to show you a particular thing, even though I wrote out that transcription for you for “Autumn Leaves”, you could tell that I was having difficulty playing it. Well I’d like not to have difficulty for once.

Skip to 0 minutes and 42 seconds I’d like to actually show you myself playing “Autumn Leaves” with a playalong and what I hope to persuade you is that you can have a lot of fun doing this - that you can really get something going - that maybe you can even swing, even though it’s with a recorded track. Now I may end up using some things that I haven’t fully covered, but I’d like you still to get a pretty good idea that most of what I’m doing we’ve looked at. I’m going to be - in the left hand - using stabs, using legato, using Amen.

Skip to 1 minute and 21 seconds In the right hand I’ll mostly going to be playing over the scales we’ve talked about, but I’d be more interested now in trying to make something happen melodically - motivically - taking an idea and extending it. I hope you’ll find this - if I can pull it off - an inspiration, rather than something that’s confusing you. I’m not trying to show off here. I’m trying to persuade you that we’ve got quite a long way now and we’re pretty close to being able to play the music authentically. We still have some work to do but we’re close.

Playing "Autumn Leaves" with a playalong

I try and illustrate how playing “Autumn Leaves” more freely with a playalong can be both developmental and fun.

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