Shufflin’ Down Easy Street was the first piece ever released exclusively by Alijam Music, and is one of “King James'” signature jazzy pieces. It’s medium-tempo with a touch of gospel piano style and an infectious happy-go-lucky feel. It’s complex enough to be performed in a club setting, but easily achieved by intermediate students! It’s fun to listen to, and even more fun to play: it has a very catchy melody that students will be humming for a long time!
Key: C Major
Mood: happy, carefree, optimistic
Pedagogy: grace notes, swing rhythm, triplets, parallel chromatic chords, staccato, tenuto, accents, syncopation