LESSON PAGE. HENRY
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Goal: Building repertory using the tools we have learned.
Thinking ahead for the Youtube juries, we are building three songs:
All the Things You Are
Autumn in NY
I will be posting here more instructions in the next few days with the goal of creating an intro, going through the song, two rounds of improvisations, and an ending.
Because this song will eventually be played at very fast speed, you will not need to present it with elaborate chords or elaborate arrangements.
Also, it has no 8th notes, so it has no swing in the melody.
A couple of options:
1- clean melody on RH, simple chords on the LH
2- melody and chords on the RH, bass on the LH
ALL THE THINGS YOU ARE
Today, as we start working on the Jazz Piano Method book, we are going to use this song as one of the examples to apply the alternate use of open chord cells and close chord shells.
Very well presented for the first time.
Wow, very good use of the LH bass for the bossa rhythm!
Could use a bit of filling with chords.
Hold the melody note when you have a long period filling with chords.
Same items apply to this one, except that because the melody is set so high, the filling chords on the right hand can be pretty intrusive. If it is difficult to make them mellow and softer, make them short, as short as you can.
AUTUMN IN NEW YORK
RH melody and chords
LH bass connecting bass notes G, G-A, A-B, etc.
RH clean melody
LH low bass followed by chord in the middle C region.
Presentation of the theme. Two strategies:
1- RH melody LH chords as if you are playing with other musicians.
2- RH melody and chords, LH bass or elaborate bass, as if you had to present the tune completely bu yourself.
ALL THE THINGS
Place yourself in the key and harmonic context of the song. Play the scale and play a chord progressions 2-5-1 in the key you are about to play. That will save you a lot of mistakes with the flats.
Attention to D-flats especially.
- Read through
- Identify chord progressions (2-5-1, etc.)
- Identify the tools for improvisation
- Create exercises to practice the chord progressions
- Practice with the iRealPro
- Create a final recording of the song before passing it.
We are being focused now on the Piano Method book.
You can continue practicing these but I will focus our lesson on the book instead.
Giving this one a little break as well. Practice it on your own, but our lesson will be focused on the material above.
Using the printed exercise with the analysis, practice improvising using the same scales indicated there
Then same with the exercise featuring arpeggios
Then same with the one featuring enclosures
SCALES AND ARPEGGIOS CONNECTED. All of Me.
Very good analysis, Henry. I added my own analysis in case you want to compare them, but your was actually very good. I added a few notes where I saw it needed help.
Future Real Book titles:
Material already worked on:
Yesterday (Lennon McCartney)
Michelle (Lennon McCartney)
The Safflower -fully written
On Green Dolphin Street
Till There Was You
Party on the Beach (Steinway book) -fully written
The Days of Wine and Roses
There Will Never Be Another You. Eb
“Where Can I Go Without You” performed by Keith Jarrett (Transcription)
"Here 's That Rainy Day (played from chart)