From Lead Sheet to Arrangement - "America the Beautiful"
The folk tune America the Beautiful is an elegant 16 measure melody harmonized with basic primary chords, I, IV and V7. In this lesson, this simple tune is transformed into a richly harmonized jazz piece using four basic reharmonization devices: seventh chords, cycle extension, functional substitution and, for lack of a better term, "messing with dominant chords." Print and play the full arrangement and learn to apply these techniques using the exercises in the downloadable pdf practice sessions included with the lesson.
Practice Session 1: Play the Arrangement
Practice Session 2: Application of the Techniques used in "America the Beautiful"
Listen to The Miami Saxophone Quartet's gorgeous arrangement of this tune on their album "Take Four Giant Steps."