Laura Jazz Piano Tutorial Lesson
In this lesson we create a ballad arrangement for the jazz standard ‘Laura’.
The tune is written in the key of C Major and it has a strong impressionist influence with frequent modulations and a wandering tonality throughout.
The tune follows an A-B1-A-B2 form and there is a definite descending pattern in the key changes.
The first three key changes are back-to-back major 251s and each new key is a whole step lower than it’s predecessor. This is achieved through the 1 chord turning minor and becoming a II chord which then leads to the V of the next key.
We approach the tune in a cocktail piano style so we’ll be including some arpeggio runs and fills. We’ll be using lots of extended and altered harmony and also looking at some interesting applications of inner voice movement, drop 2 and pentatonic voicings.