In this thread you can find related lessons on some of the most popular jazz standards. These lessons cover the form, harmony, and application of important jazz theory areas and arrangement techniques.
Autumn Leaves is a popular tune for beginners. The harmony and form is based almost exclusively based around major and minor 251s which are the most common chord progressions found in jazz music. The following lessons cover Autumn Leaves in a variety of styles:
Georgia On My Mind is jazz standard made famous by the great Ray Charles. The tune is accessible to beginners and is often interpreted in a bluesy-gospel style. The following lessons cover the harmony of Georgia and also related lessons on the 8 Bar Blues form:
Misty is Errol Garner’s most popular composition. It’s an accessible tune for beginners and great for practicing spread voicings and a stride left hand style. The following lessons incorporate the tune Misty and apply a wide range of jazz theory and arrangement techniques:
The Nearness Of You is a delightful jazz ballad which has been recorded extensively by jazz musicians and vocalists. The harmony of the tune is perfect for exploring chord alterations and tritone substitution as demonstrated in the lessons below:
In A Sentimental Mood is one of Duke Ellington’s most famous compositions. It’s a great tune for practicing minor harmony, step-wise melody harmonisation, and the minor line cliche. Check out these lessons which cover the tune in different styles:
Thanks for this suggestion @dora_funk - I think it is a great idea.
I have combined this into our thread on “related jazz standard lessons” so that we can create a index of lessons that cover the same tunes, and also an index of tunes which incorporate the same theory areas/harmonic situations.
Yes that sounds great Tuomo - perhaps we can start with the following harmonic situations:
Mine Line Cliché
Just as some ideas for minor situations. I follow your judgement on where to take this initiative.
I have included the most referenced tunes above, but yes I’m sure there are some more. Leave it with me and I will go through the lessons and seminars.
On a related note we can search for a specific jazz standard or theory area directly in the website search box, and it will return all lessons pages where that keyword is mentioned. This is a great way to find related lessons.