B Section Spread Voicings
In this lesson we explore simple voicing options for the bridge of the tune. In the previous module we highlighted the repeating 1625 progression in the B section and now we create 2 handed spread voicings voicing the melody on top.
The Ascending Triplet Motif
In bars 19 and 20 the is an ascending triplet quarter note motif that originates from Duke Ellington’s big band version of this tune. In this course we are going to omit this melodic phrase and explore different harmonic and melodic fills over the 2-bar 1625 progression.
Practice the melody separately to familiarise yourselves with the melodic contours and to acclimatise yourselves to the new key of Db Major.
Notice the melodic repetition on the first and second line of the bridge. Remember that the melody is very similar to speed up the memorisation process.
Practice these spread voicings until they become second nature. In the next lesson on the B section we will introduce a stride left hand style.