Body & Soul Jazz Piano Tutorial Part 1
Body & Soul is widely quoted as the most popular jazz standard and is one of the most played ballad in the jazz repertoire. The catchy melodic motives, complex chord progressions and unusual key changes make this tune a favourite amongst jazz musicians.
Body & Soul follows a 32 measure AABA form and is written in the key of Db major however it modulates to D major and then C major in the bridge.
In part 1 we explore the form with left hand voicings. This is an important step to become familiar with the harmony. There are lot of key changes in Body & Soul and so spending the time to apply the left hand voicings with give you a clear understanding of the harmonic movement in the tune.
In part 2 of the tutorial we create a full solo piano arrangement incorporating extended and altered harmony.