“Emily” Jazz Standard Tutorial
In this lesson, we will create a solo piano arrangement of Johnny Mandel’s song ‘Emily’. This tune is played in many different keys, but for this lesson, we will create an arrangement in the key of G similar to the Bill Evans recordings of the tune.
The Bill Evans Arrangement
We will be using the Bill Evans’ arrangement as a guideline, as it is one of the most famous and influential recordings of the tune. Another great version to check out is the Stan Getz recording, also with Bill Evans on piano.
The Form & Modulations
“Emily” follows an A B A C form. The first A is in the key of G, The B Section modulates to the key of E, and the C part starts with the relative minor Em and then stays in the key of G throughout.
Be sure to check out the vocal versions by Frank Sinatra and Tony Bennett.
When learning a new song, you should listen to as many vocal versions as possible.
It’s a good exercise to sing and learn the melody, and also for you to get familiar with the lyrics.
Jennifer Scott Trio, Vancouver BC
Hi Tuomo, is there anywhere that the Drop 2 is described. I’m not sure i understand what is going on using Drop 2 and it’s purpose. Thanks.