500 Miles High Tutorial
Welcome to this tutorial on the jazz-fusion song “500 Miles High” by Chick Corea. In this lesson we will create a full solo jazz piano arrangement.
Notable Recordings To Listen To
Important versions to check out are all of the recordings by Chick Corea himself – especially his first recording of the tune on the album “Light As A Feather”.
Also check out the Stan Getz version with Chick Corea on accompanying Getz on piano.
The tune has also been covered by many vocalists. A good place to start is with the singer from the “Light As A Feather” album… Flora Purim.
A Modal Composition
The song is mostly modal with a few exceptions here and there in the form. When improvising over the minor chords in the form, it’s nice to start with the Dorian mode, but we can also play other minor modes to get more interesting colours in our melodies.