Two-Handed Voicings Part 2 - "So What" and Pure Fourth Voicings


The music on Miles Davis' "Kind of Blue" was influential on many levels: it ushered in the style of modality, it introduced a new voice to jazz piano, Bill Evans, it established several new standard tunes to the repertoire and went on to become the best selling jazz album of all time. It's influence extends literally down to the piano voicings that Bill Evans played on one of the most popular tunes on the recording and in all of the jazz repertoire, "So What." Known as "So What" voicings, the notes of these two-handed chords are arranged with a major third above a stack of perfect fourth intervals. "So What" voicings confer a modern sound and are a versatile two-handed voicing technique that can be used equally as well for comping or solo playing.

In this lesson, the "So What" voicings are derived from a transcription of Bill Evans' comping the changes to their namesake tune and their use is applied to traditional tonal progressions. A closely related technique of voicing chords using only fourth intervals is explored as well, synthesizing both techniques into a unified method for two-handed chord voicings.
Lesson Stats
Date added: 2/21/13
Duration: 21:02
Chord Changes to Tunes Used:
Night and Day
Easy to Love
LadyBird
Blues in F
Practice Sessions
Practice Session 1 - Play the Lesson Intro Transcription
Practice Session 2 - "So What" Two-Handed Voicings
Practice Session 3 - Pure Fourth Two-Handed Voicings
Practice Session 4 - Dominant (with Left Hand Tritone) Two-Handed Voicings
Practice Session 5 - Minor 7b5 and Diminished 7 Two-Handed Voicings
Practice Session 6 - Apply "So What" and Pure Fourth Two-Handed Voicings to Tunes
Preview
Further Listening
Listen to the source recording of the transcription used in part 2 of this lesson, "So What" from "Kind of Blue."
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