“The Days of Wine and Roses” – Vol. 1

Lesson Run Time: 49 minutes / Release Date: 02/13/2015

Approaching jazz standards the way professional musicians play these tunes is the aim of our “Playing Standards Like a Pro” series. These lessons discuss the harmonic concepts, arranging techniques, chord structures, and improvisation ideas that are present in recordings and performances of many of the jazz greats. In this lesson, you will learn to tackle the standard “The Days of Wine and Roses” and arrange various phrases of the song with some pro techniques. In the end, you’ll have a fully scored (and explained) arrangement of this tune. Concepts discussed include: chromatic approach, inserting a ii-V-I, using dominant sus4 resolutions, tritone substitutions, quartal voicings, modulation, drop-2 voicings, and reharmonization.

Other Chapters in this Piano Lesson:

Sketch of the tune
Chromatic Walkdown (m. 1)
Inserting a ii-V (m. 3-4)
Quartal Voicings (m. 5-8)


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