“My Funny Valentine” Vocal Arrangement
Welcome to this vocal piano tutorial on “My Funny Valentine” – a very popular standard, not only in the jazz world, but all genres.
Many different artist have taken this show tune and made it their own, but today we are going to discuss it as a jazz vocal piece, either for the singing pianist, or those accompanying a singer.
Simple Voicings, Fills, & Extensions
We are going to look at simple voicings that leave room for the voice, as well as fills and extensions that you might want to place in the moment.
Played In The Key Of C Minor
We are in the key of C Minor which is 3 flats. C Minor is the relative minor to Eb Major – so if you know your Eb Major Scale, we are playing the Eb Major scale from C to C giving us that dark and moody minor sound of b3, b6, b7.
Start By Singing The Melody
Many people already know this melody but it’s still a good exercise to play through with just the melody on the piano and sing the lyrics with our voice.
This is a great way to familiarise yourself with the melodic contours and particularly the melodic leaps in the B Section. Use the piano as your aid.