Beautiful Love Tutorial Lesson
Victor Young’s Beautiful Love is one of the most popular standards amongst jazz musicians. Virtually all of the jazz piano greats have recorded a version – some of PianoGroove’s favourites can be found below in the recommended listening tab.
Beautiful Love is commonly played as both a ballad and as a medium to up-tempo tune. In this lesson we create an arrangement for both of these styles. The form of the tune repeats so we are going to play very freely and ballad-like on the first time through and then switch to more of an uptempo swing style for the repeat.
The lesson starts with the usual left hand voicings and melody and then we build bigger voicings throughout the lesson.
We’re going to look at some interesting chord substitutions and also some rhythmic devices you can use to create a syncopated swing feel.
It would be worth checking out the lesson on block chords as we use this style of voicing extensively in the swing arrangement of this tune.