How To Play Spread Voicings
In this lesson we arrange the A Section of the tune “Georgia On My Mind” with simple but effective spread voicings. Spread voicings help us to achieve a balanced sound when arranging lead sheets for solo jazz piano performance.
For this module we will stick exclusively to the 1st A Section of “Georgia On My Mind” and in the 2nd module we will learn the B Section of the tune.
Arranging Lead Sheets with Spread Voicings
To arrange a lead sheet for solo piano we must be comfortable with the concept of spread voicings which can also be referred to as shell voicings.
To construct a spread voicing, we play the root note of the chord with our left hand in the lower registers of the piano, we play the melody with our right hand, and we ‘voice’ the 3rd and 7th of the chord in between.
The 3rd and 7th of the chord can be played with either hand, and often this role will be shared between both hands to achieve an even spread of notes on the piano and balanced sound in our voicings.