Georgia On My Mind Solo Piano Tutorial
In part 1 of Georgia, we introduced the concept of the major blues scale and the extended blues scale. In this lesson we take it a step further by applying this scale to the tune Georgia On My Mind.
To start this tutorial, we play through the form again adding some bigger, more interesting voicings and applying more advanced harmony including altered voicings and upper structure triads.
The minor line cliche appears multiple times in the form and so we explore the different ways we can navigate through this common progression. The minor to major movement can be voiced at the top of the chord, in the middle, or at the bottom as a bass line. We use all 3 of these option to create a varied arrangement.
Throughout the form we incorporate bluesy fills and licks in the upper registers. To create a full sounding arrangement, we then balance this with use of bass notes in the lower registers of the piano.
The melody also lends itself to pasing chords. We use dominat passing chords to create energy and forward motion which drives the tune forward. Passing chords in the lower registers work particualy well after blues licks and lines in the right hand.