“Just Friends” Part 2
Welcome to part 2 of this tutorial on the tune “Just Friends”. In part 1, we analysed the basic harmony and gave special attention to the b7ths falling to 3rds in the 25 and 251 progressions.
This really is the foundation of the harmony. Once we can visualise these important tones, we can then apply extensions and alterations to our voicings.
Solo Jazz Piano Arrangement
In this lesson we will create a full solo piano arrangement incorporating more advanced jazz theory. We have covered lots of the underlying upper structure triad theory in this course and now we will apply this theory in the context of “Just Friends”.
We will now explore some interesting colours and textures that can be accessed over dominant chords.
The Upper Structure Triad Cheat Sheet
Make sure that you print a copy of the upper structure triad cheat sheet. This is a very useful document to keep close to the piano. When you come across a dominant chord, match up the melody note to one of the chord tones listed in the UST, and you will be able to experiment with some cool altered dominant sounds.