“Georgia On My Mind” Simple Arrangement
This song is sooo sweet and so old. It was written in 1930 by Hoagy Carmichael and Stuart Gorrell. There have been endless versions and interpretations.
As requested by a PianoGroove student we are going to approach this tune as an accompanying pianist to a singer, or as a singing pianist.
Many Different Versions To Listen To
Depending on who the singer is, what versions they’ve listened to, this melody will change a A LOT! So let’s not spend too much time on this melody as written, but let’s run through it in the full AABA form, with the lyrics, looking for the meaning, structure of the melody and message, as well as breaks where we can add our own touches.
A Simple Arrangement Based On Triads
For this arrangement, Lyndol has melded an old version she’s been playing from for years, with the PianoGroove chart from the solo jazz piano lesson on this tune.
The basic melody is the same, but rhythms are different, and there’s small changes in the melody for example in the last 4 of the bridge we will amended the melody line similar to the 1930 recording with Bix Biederbix, sung by Hoagie Himself!
We will use simple left hand tonic bass notes, and right hand triads in root position as we run through the chart.