“Just Friends” Beginner Arrangement
Welcome to this jazz standard lesson on the tune “Just Friends”.
This is a great tune to improve your understanding of the 251 progression and voice leading of guide tones which is the b7ths dropping to the 3rd of the next chord.
A Study Of Voice Leading
We’re going to pay special attention to this voice leading in all of the 25 and 251 progressions. This movement is the foundation of the harmony, and so having a solid understanding of this will give you strong foundations in which to build extended and altered chord voicings.
Part 2 – The Full Arrangement
After you have mastered this basic arrangement, check out the related lessons below where we create a full solo piano arrangement of the tune incorporating some more advanced jazz theory.
Before playing a new tune, analyse the chord changes to spot common progressions such as 25s and 251s.
As an exercise, you can annotate the lead sheet you are working to highlight the 25s and 251s.
Remember that 251s do not always appear in their complete form - As we cover in this tutorial, it's very common to find incomplete 25s and 51s which are smaller fragments of the complete 251.
Being able to spot the smaller fragments of this common progression will help you read from lead sheets.
Hello Hayden: when I started with the PG I skipped this tune for some reason. Yesterday, I stumbled across O. Peterson and O. Jones having loads of fund with it. Of course, I just had to learn it (and all the theory that comes with it). However, I could not find on YouTube a ballad-like performance (preferably on piano) to have something to aim at as a final ‘product’ (the way of playing the tune). Suggestions? [S. Vaughn is just simply wonderful for a ballad rendition but, alas, no piano solo in it].
Thanks much. Smole
In Section C, there is a movement from D7 to F#m7b5 – how is this movement to be understood? a D7 dominant resolving to a F#minor7?