Blue Moon Piano Tutorial
Welcome to this tutorial on the famous jazz ballad "Blue Moon" by Richard Rodgers.
We start this lesson by discussing the form and highlighting the repeated 1625 progression throughout the chord changes.
We play through with some simple voicings and then talk about how we can enhance the repetitive chord sequence with chord substitutions and reharmonisations.
In part 2 of the lesson we explore the theory behind the intro and ending of the arrangement. Both the intro and the ending are derived from the 1625 progression
You can find a number of PDF downloads below the video. First we have the original chord changes which is similar to what you would find on a lead sheet for the tune.
A second PDF which contains the reharmonisations above the original chords to give you insight into the process and reasoning behind the chord substitutions and reharms.
Finally, you can download a full note-for-note transcription to use as an aid when learning the arrangement.