Elssa, below is a summary of the course contents. As a prelude to that, let me mention that I listened to a number of tunes on your blog; you are a wonderful player. Have you had lots of training? Do you play from sheet music? --from lead sheets? -- by ear?
I was hoping you could give me some suggestions for improving my playing (other than, give up the piano). Here is a link to a rendition of Autumn Leaves that I recorded last November. http://www.box.net/shared/6b1r5q3di3
Unfortunately, it is nothing like your recording of the same tune on your blog. Aside from the fact that there are multiple occurrences of my not playing on time, my recording is boring and thin; the arpeggios sound nothing like the flowing harmonies/rhythms on your recording. Let me ask a specific question about that: In Autumn Leaves, on measures consisting of one note held for the entire measure, do your arpeggios consist of eight notes? -- or more? Also, are you just running up and down using sequential notes of the chord? -- or do you do something else?
I'd appreciate any other hints you (or any other posters) might have.
Scott Houston's Autumn Leaves Course Summary:
One DVD; 13 lessons:
1-4 cover his basic 1-note melody in RH, 1 block chord/measure in LH approach
5-6 cover some advanced chords and voicings. Instruction on voicings is very sketchy. He essentially advises to just spread out the chord notes between multiple hands and play the notes in different orders.
7,12 contain additional information on ballad styling.
8,13 contain additional information on up-tempo styling.
9 contains some miscellaneous tips/tricks
10 contains info on Intros/Endings
11 provides some info on Accompaniment
In addition, he provides:
-- two lead sheets - a basic and advanced. The advanced is identical to the basic but with the advanced chords.
-- two recordings of the tune, one which includes the piano portion and the other which omits the piano portion to allow the student to play along.
-- couple fillers of minimal value: bio of the composers and a discography.
Now this summary really doesn't tell anything about the value of the course. A course containing these chapter headings could be super great -- or not so great; as with so many other things, the devil is in the details. Although there's some good stuff here, for me, the details are less than expected.
For you, Elssa, it's hard to see why this DVD would be any of great value. Lessons 1-4 are far too basic for you. Regarding the more advanced lessons, your blog tunes already beautifully incorporate many of the riffs/patterns Scott tries to teach. Scott's up-tempo version, as just one example, is very much like your lovely jazz version.