“Georgia On My Mind” 7th Chords & Fills
Welcome to this 2nd lesson of “Georgia on my Mind”, for the accompanying pianist, or the singing pianist. In the first video, we familiarised ourselves with the basic melody and harmony, and worked on a simple application of walking bass.
In this lesson we will start with 7th chords, and give a mind to the arrangement.
Introducing Rootless Voicings
After covering the basic 7th chords, we will introduce rootless voicings in our right hand. If you are feeling comfortable at this point, you ca start to be arrangement-minded, deciding what sounds good to you.
We can add as many rootless as you like but also experiment with triads and rooted voicings. There’s no hard and fast rules here other than to see what you like and what adds to the message of the music that you want to communicate.
The Blues-Inspired Introduction
If you are working with a seasoned singer, or if you are performing this song on your own, then you can use an introduction to run some improvised fills using the F Blues Scale and other bluesy embellishments influenced by the great Ray Charles.
Something I like to do for my own arrangement, is to then play the first A up high, rooted and simple, then come down into walking bass for the 2nd A Section.
How To End The Tune
We will add a ‘Trad Jazz’ ending that’s a fairly common device to use in older jazz music. We will explore the ‘Anatole Turnaround’ where we put everything into a full measure, giving our singer tons of space to do their own ending.