Body & Soul For Beginners
In this lesson we create a beginner arrangement of the jazz piano classic “Body & Soul” using just roots, 3rds, and 7ths in our voicings.
3 Modulations In The Form
Body and Soul is a challenging tune to play. The A sections are in Db Major and then the tune modulates twice in the bridge, first to D Major, and then a whole step down tot C Major, before returning to Db Major for the final A section.
A Simplified Arrangement
We are going to be playing just roots, 3rds, and 7ths, and also pay special attention to the b7ths falling to 3rds in the 25 and 251 progressions.
We’re also going to add in a few extra chords here and there to create smoother transitions between the different sections of the tune.
Understand the structure of the AABA Form and how memorising the form of tunes can speed up our memorisation of jazz standards.
The A sections of this tune repeat 3 times which makes it easy to neglect practice on the B section of the tune.
The B section of the tune modulates twice and so this 8 bars should be practiced in isolation to ensure you are comfortable and familiar with the chord changes.
- This is a tricky jazz standard to learn so be patient when learning the chords and harmony.